Root Cause Management


Unicist Root Cause Management applied to Management

Unicist Conceptual Management, that is a paradigm shift in business management, is the synthesis of the nature of business management. It includes the management of the future scenario that allows designing a strategy, the knowledge of the root-causes of problems and the root-drivers of business processes, the development of the conceptual design to define these processes and the development of the maximal and minimum strategy actions to ensure results.

Unicist Conceptual ManagementThe fact that concepts drive human actions and define the root-causes of things drove to the development of Unicist Conceptual Management that materializes the unicist approach to businesses. This development drove management towards a superior level of possibilities.

The evolution of IT solutions and tools made the operational aspects of business manageable. This evolution, in which the operational aspects have been solved, requires a different kind of knowledge to manage businesses. This knowledge is simpler, but requires dealing with the root-causes of things to manage the structure of businesses.

Business management in the XXI Century requires, besides the functional leadership skills, managing the concepts of a business and the concepts of the restricted and wide contexts to be able to expand the business and ensure its permanence.

This unicist conceptual management approach upgrades, but includes, the preexisting traditional approach to business management.

This upgrade is a paradigm shift in management that allowed managing root-causes, developing the conceptual design of solutions, building maximal and minimum strategies and developing the necessary actions to produce results.

In other words, what the unicist conceptual management did, was upgrading the management approach to ensure the generation of value.

Unicist Press Committee

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute was the pioneer in using the unicist logical approach in complexity science research and became a private global decentralized leading research organization in the field of human adaptive systems. It has an academic arm and a business arm.

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The lack of Knowledge kills Innovations

Social subjectivism is sustained by the lack of reliable knowledge in a field of adaptive actions and is catalyzed by the need of participating. These two aspects ensure the creation of subjectivism as an anti-concept.

The lack of knowledge is produced when people do not have the fundamental and technical knowledge to develop solutions in a specific field.

The need of participation is given when people need to find a place in an environment where they have no added value.

Learning while working is the natural proposal of subjectivists in order to “earn” a place while they say that they are learning. As people learn from mistakes and work has to be flawless, they do not learn and cannot do.

The participation of subjectivists is necessarily over-adaptive and utopia driven. It is over-adaptive because it avoids assuming responsibilities and it is dysfunctional utopias driven because through the utopias they “simulate” an active participation while they hinder functional actions. “Opinators” are paradigmatic examples of subjectivists.

Unicist Press Committee

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute was the pioneer in using the unicist logical approach in complexity science research and became a private global decentralized leading research organization in the field of human adaptive systems. It has an academic arm and a business arm. https://www.unicist.org/turi.pdf


Unicist Contingency Rooms

Unicist Contingency Rooms are organizational units that transform urgent problems into structural solutions. These units are basically organized as teams led by a person who is responsible for the Contingency Room.

Unicist Contingency RoomsWhen they begin their teamwork, the leadership includes the participation of a coordinator, who assumes the responsibility for doing what is needed to find the solutions for the problem that needs to be solved, an ombudsman to represent the needs of the client and a fallacy shooter who ensures that the group manages valid knowledge.

Their final purpose is to solve an urgent problem. Their maximal strategy is to develop the structural solutions while the minimum strategy is to solve the urgent problems.

The double dialectical actions that need to be developed at a contingency room begin by finding the necessary causes of problems in order to develop a structural solution while the second step is to find the triggering causes that generated the urgent problems in order to solve them.

It has to be considered that when a structural solution is found, the problem ceases to exist. Therefore, contingency rooms generate significant added value in their organizations because they ensure the concept of “today better than yesterday” measured in terms of results.

These contingency rooms use a complete set of resources to manage these solutions:

  • Unicist Change Management & Continuous ImprovementConceptual Design Technology – To build the unified fields of the solutions and the layout of their architecture.
  • Continuous Improvement – Which includes the possibility of installing innovations to upgrade or renew processes.
  • Quality Assurance – Which requires introducing automated decisions to ensure the effectiveness of the processes.
  • Problem Solving & Diagnostics Methods – To provide a framework that simplifies the building of structural solutions.
  • Unicist Fishbone – To transform the conceptual design of a process into a manageable improvement process.
  • Unicist Project Manager – To design solutions for complex structural problems.
  • Unicist Library – To have a Knowledge Bank with the information of the concepts of business functions.
  • Avant Garde Groups – To build participative solutions for work processes using the knowledge and experience of the members of an organization.
  • Business Objects building Method – To build the necessary business objects to be inserted in the processes and integrated with roles and the necessary technologies in order to drive, catalyze or inhibit the entropy of processes.

Unicist contingency rooms are a tool for organizational learning and improvement. The organizations that use this approach transform crises into opportunities and problems into solutions.

This requires having an internal “Corporate University”, working as a solution factory, that provides the conceptual framework and the knowledge base for these activities together with the quality assurance for the solutions.

The main problem of contingency rooms is that they require using all the knowledge that is necessary and the main benefit is that it produces monetary results in the short and long run.

Diego Belohlavek

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute was the pioneer in using the unicist logical approach in complexity science research and became a private global decentralized leading research organization in the field of human adaptive systems. It has an academic arm and a business arm. https://www.unicist.net/management/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/turi.pdf


Logical Management Tools: Unicist Change Management

There is nothing more difficult than the development of a change management strategy. It requires to be able to “read” the future, understand what would naturally happen, and then establish a strategy to influence the change that would happen naturally in order to:

Unicist Change Management1) Introduce an external element

2) Accelerate it

3) Avoid miscarriages

4) Minimize the cost of  changes

5) Maximize the benefit of change

Every change of habits implies the integration of a change of ethics and a change of the customs that are natural in the context that is being changed. Changes have to be managed considering their size:

Big Changes

They are the changes that drive towards a higher level of structured action, responsibility or risk. Big changes require drivers and catalysts to be implemented. Big changes can be divided into structured medium changes.

Medium Changes

They are those changes that seek for a more structured activity with lower risks. Medium changes cannot be divided into small changes.

Small Changes

They are changes that require no structural modifications.

Avant Garde Groups – “A” Groups –

Change agents are usually left behind after a change was successful. Avant Garde Groups were created to design and implement organizational changes. Thus the role of a Change Agent becomes virtual and is not affected after the changes are implemented. Change managers manage the change while “A” Groups do the changes.

Diego Belohlavek

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute was the pioneer in using the unicist logical approach in complexity science research and became a private global decentralized leading research organization in the field of human adaptive systems. It has an academic arm and a business arm.
https://www.unicist.net/management/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/turi.pdf


Discovery of the Unicist Ontology of Brand/Image Building

The discovery of the Unicist Ontology of Brand Building defined the nature of the functionality of the building of a Critical Mass, a Promise and a Prove of Credibility in the evolution of brands.

Unicist Brand BuildingA “Brand” was defined as the materialization of the image of a living being or an unanimated entity. The brand is installed in mind as an iconic symbol that can be a name, term, design, symbol, or any other feature that identifies the entity.

Brands work when they are installed in the long term memory of an individual which produces an automated recall of attributes when the iconic symbol of the brand is perceived.

Brands are paradigmatic ambiguous semiotic signs which have two integrated meanings that need to be within their attributes. Iconic symbols are the guiding signs that drive towards the perception of the attributes of a brand.

On the one hand, a brand implies a promise of something that is going to happen, and on the other hand, it includes a “prove of credibility” that makes the promise believable.

The brand identifies the role of an entity. That is why brands are necessarily functional and their functionality is limited to the role of the entity.

The purpose of a brand is to generate a critical mass to influence people in order to install a preconceived perception in their memory. That is why brands work as catalysts or inhibitors of actions.

Diana Belohlavek

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute was the pioneer in using the unicist logical approach in complexity science research and became a private global decentralized leading research organization in the field of human adaptive systems. It has an academic arm and a business arm.
https://www.unicist.net/management/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/turi.pdf


Personal Strategies: from heroic to conquering actions

Personal strategies begin with heroic actions to find a place in the world but achieve their maturity when conquering actions become possible to expand the boundaries of one’s activities.

Strategic ActionStrategic actions seek to influence the environment actively. The action principle is given by the maximal strategy that is based on the opportunities offered by the environment. The minimum strategy, depending solely on the influencer’s action, is its energy conservation principle.

There are four ontological segments to develop strategic actions: Heroic Strategy, Defensive Strategy, Dominant Strategy and Conquering Strategy.

Level 1 – Heroic Strategy

The heroic strategy is performed by those who develop strategies based on individual heroic actions.

They are basically subjectivists who consider that individual efforts and smartness can prevail over systematically planned actions.

Heroic strategies are based on the personal costs individuals or members of a group are willing to pay.

Such individuals confront problems as personal challenges.

Level 2 – Defensive Strategy

The Defensive Strategy is performed by those who master the situations in which competitors attack.

These individuals are extremely smart when it is necessary to create alternatives to weaken others’ arguments.

They are usually very good analysts and utopists. Their ideas prevail over action.

They use their opponent’s forces to attack the implicit weaknesses of their strengths.

Level 3 – Dominant Strategy

The dominant strategy is performed naturally by those who are secure strategists and feel the need of taking the opportunities of the environment.

They are extremely good at diagnosing, and are able to picture the unified field of a business strategy without considering their personal interest.

They are strict ethical managers.

They are never satisfied. They always feel hunger for new expansive actions.

Level 4 – Conquering Strategy

This strategy is developed by those whose personal driver is conquering new positions.

They are natural doers with a strong intuition to perceive reality and its needs.

Conquerors are smart organizers. They usually lead their conquering campaigns personally.

Innovations and the creation of new paradigms are their natural tools to conquer new fields.

Speed based strategies and an endless energy reservoir are their raw material to adapt to the environment.

Conclusion

Action-reflection-action is the natural process to upgrade the level of a strategy. It requires learning through the actions in the environment, making the necessary mistakes, but avoiding their repetition. Good luck…

Diego Belohlavek

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute was the pioneer in using the unicist logical approach in complexity science research and became a private global decentralized leading research organization in the field of human adaptive systems. It has an academic arm and a business arm.
https://www.unicist.net/management/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/turi.pdf


The Introduction to avoid Building a Butterfly Company

Butterfly companies are unstable organizations that are unable to work as institutions. They might be the consequence of an unstable market or the need of the owners to avoid the separation between them and the company.

When they are based on unstable markets there might be two different situations:

1)      It is the natural consequence of the market, for example unique projects.

2)      It is the consequence of the market instability of a country or region.

In the first case there is no butterfly company, just a transitory business that doesn’t pretend to work as an institution.

In the second case there is a butterfly company that tends to disappear when the conjuncture changes. The permanent threat of the market hinders the separation of the company from its owner so the company cannot evolve but based on the owner’s actions.

Archetypical butterfly companies are those working in stable markets but not separated from their owners.

Their purpose is to obtain profit at any price having the necessary conjunctural justifications to obtain it and exerting the necessary power to ensure it.

Diana Belohlavek

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute was the pioneer in complexity science research and became a global decentralized world-class research organization in the field of human adaptive systems. http://www.unicist.org


Cooperation Building is a Key Driver for Value Generation

Cooperation is defined as the building of a common space of complementation in which the expansion of the boundaries of the participants becomes possible, while the individual limits of the members are respected.

The driver of cooperation building is the need to generate additional value. This requires an extreme focus on the results that need to be produced, using an integrative logic to integrate the needs of the participants and the external goals to be achieved.

Therefore, the generation of additional added value is part of the nature of cooperative environments.

Cooperation is based on human gregarious instinct and is natural between groups of people who have decided to expand their boundaries.

It is easily observable in the cooperation of countries and organizations of any kind. It adopts many shapes: collaboration, alliances, federations, confederations, etc.

Cooperation is not feasible in extreme individualistic or involving environments. In these environments competitiveness becomes extreme and cooperation is seen as a weakness.

This is a paradox that condemns these types of environments to live in a stagnated context with endless conflicts and/or conflict avoidance actions.

Diego Belohlavek

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute was the pioneer in using the unicist logical approach in complexity science research and became a private global decentralized leading research organization in the field of human adaptive systems. It has an academic arm and a business arm. http://www.unicist.org/repo/index.php#Unicist


The Unicist Ontology of the Functionality of Words

Interpersonal written or spoken language requires the use of words which, according to their meaning, define the functionality of communication.

This description explains the functionality implicit in the use of words. The results of this research help individuals to diagnose reality based on the facts implicit in what is said.

Conceptually, based on their meaning, there are four different “types” of words:

1) Empty words: are those words that have no rational meaning in the context they are being used. They have multiple non structured meanings with no shareable purpose. Adjectives with no adverbial function are empty words.

2) Hollow words: are those words that are able to integrate in a unique sense the meanings given to them by emitters and receivers. In these words there is an implicit tacit purpose underlying.

3) Full words: are the words with a unique irrefutable meaning for those involved in a communication process. They are the solid container where hollow words fit in.

4) Ambiguous words: are the words having two different excluding meanings. One of the meanings is functional to the communication process and the other is dysfunctional.

A communication process needs fulfill the following steps:

  1. Ritual
  2. Management of the implicit conflict
  3. Stimulation of the activity
  4. Pastime action

Peter Belohlavek

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute was the pioneer in using the unicist logical approach in complexity science research and became a private global decentralized leading research organization in the field of human adaptive systems. It has an academic arm and a business arm.
http://www.unicist.org/repo/#Unicist


Unicist Adaptive System Design in Businesses

The Unicist Standard for adaptive systems design implies an upgrade in work organization. It establishes the basic conditions to design work, organizational and institutional processes.

When the work is individual the system might be in the mind of the worker. This is the case of artisans, artists, etc. But when the work is developed with the participation of others, the systems are part of the organizational structure of the group.

The Unicist Standard defines that the purpose of an organization is to manage the hardware, software and peopleware involved in the working processes. That is what we have named “Object Driven Management”.

To achieve this purpose it is necessary to put it into action through an object driven organization that allows emulating the organization of nature but with the technology that is available.

To ensure the management process organizations need to have an immune system to ensure that the object driven organization can fulfill its purpose.

Diana Belohlavek

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute was the pioneer in using the unicist logical approach in complexity science research and became a private global decentralized leading research organization in the field of human adaptive systems. It has an academic arm and a business arm.
http://www.unicist.org/repo/#Unicist