The evolution of information technologies provided the operational tools to make adaptiveness manageable using object driven organization and adaptive automation. Adaptiveness is the capacity individuals, groups or organizations have to expand the space they occupy in the environment.
To expand this space, individuals need to be able to exert influence to generate value to expand the boundaries of their activity while they manage the influence the environment exerts on them.
To be adaptive an individual needs to have the “KNOW WHY” of what is happening and the “KNOW HOW” to make it happen.
The “know why” requires having the conceptual knowledge that drives the actions of the environment and the specific space that is being occupied while the “know how” provides the necessary systemic knowledge that allows doing what needs to be done.
The knowledge of the foundations of what is happening is what makes people adaptive. Operationally, an individual needs to have the knowledge of the fundamentals of what is being done and the technical knowledge to make it happen.
Adaptiveness allows developing the maximal strategies that go beyond the existing boundaries of an activity to occupy a wider space in the environment.
Adaptiveness implies having a reliable scenario of the environment and a strategy that includes both the maximal strategy to exert influence and the minimum strategy to manage the influence the environment exerts on the individual, group or organization.
Over-adaptiveness is the attitude individuals, groups or organizations have when they pretend to dominate an environment, submit or oppose to it, in order to obtain benefits minimizing the value they add.
An over-adaptive attitude only allows growing in over-adaptive environments where it generates no competitive disadvantage.
Over-adaptiveness is sustained, on the one hand, by the use of commonsense, replacing the conceptual knowledge, and on the other hand, by the use of operational knowledge, replacing the systemic knowledge.
Over-adaptiveness forces people to compete because it hinders the building of complementation, which is necessarily based on value generation. For this reason, complementation is beyond the purpose of over-adaptive people.
Over-adaptiveness is less energy consuming and therefore defines a comfort zone, because there is no need of influencing the environment. Paradoxically, it drives towards the implosion or explosion of businesses when they pretend to work beyond over-adaptive markets.
Adaptiveness is the Driver for Business Growth
The unicist logical approach has been developed to manage the adaptive aspects of businesses in order to foster growth.
Adaptiveness is a complex problem that needs to be approached as such in order to transform it into simple actions that can be managed by everybody.
As complex systems are integrated by objects this approach uses unicist objects to expand the boundaries of businesses.
Unicist objects are encapsulated adaptive interdependent systems that allow optimizing the adaptive functionality of processes.
The auto-pilot of an airplane is a mechanical example of these types of objects. It has to be considered that objects have their limits of actions that need to be managed by a quality assurance system to substitutes them when the limits are being exceeded.
The Unicist Object Driven Organization is the model that allows managing adaptiveness in businesses. This adaptiveness is needed in order to generate growth, integrating the needs of shareholders, stakeholders and customers or clients.
This is an excerpt of the research on the “Era of Adaptiveness” developed at The Unicist Research Institute.