Process Link B: System Dynamics of Flows and Feedback
Type B links represent
process flows
B1 Primary Process
Every organization makes its living fitting into a value chain ecology where it takes inputs from suppliers outside the system, does something internally, and provides outputs to the next customer in the chain. Primary links chart the major upstream-downstream flow between internal functions. Process relationships are represented in organization names and position titles. How they hook up is well-known locally, but rarely mapped globally, except at the top component level.
B2 Feedback Process
One of the early, great discoveries of systems science was the necessary role of feedback regulatory relationships in complex dynamic systems. Feedback can produce both dampening (“negative”) and amplifying (“positive”) effects. It is the most “hidden” of the four major organizational forces
A typical mid-manager node’s degree, the sum of its links, increases as more link types are considered. It is also meaningful to consider in-degrees and out-degrees, arrows coming in and arrows going out
Networks, like systems, are connected by dynamic flows. In the network model, two levels of process flows are shown, together with the internal structure (hierarchy).
Internal process flows and feedback links connect the organizational parts iinto a working whole