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Guiding Process – What is That?

In the terminology of system-theory, guiding processes are schematics. Schematics are simplifications. Simplifications assist in finding one’s way in a world full of open, selectable possibilities, which require interpretation. What simplifications one utilises is, however, one’s own choice. The selection of eight psycho-dynamic, six team dynamic and nine organisational dynamic guiding processes is actually a choice. They do not contain within them the assertion, that this is the only way one could have chosen, or that this choice had a correspondence in the nature of the world. The choice, therefore, does not arise through the observation of the world, but through the observation of theories. It is an (!) attempt to give new form, a new schema, to things already considered and researched, and to see where this will lead us.

The actual appeal of these schematizations lies in researching how these twenty-three decision guiding dualisms interact – within themselves and with other dynamics. One can assume that they alternatively encourage, limit, irritate and consolidate into a stable, ‘complete pattern’. One can also assume that probabilities may be identified, which can be described with ‘and if, then’ – logic. Within the respective dynamics there is research, which is difficult to gain an overview of, about these correlations (even where only individual or other schemata are drawn upon). This meta-theoretical approach to understand the dynamic, and the change logic of the three system types, psyche, team, organisation, could, therefore, lead to new insights, because it conceptualises all three system types with the same form of systemic polarisation schemata. If each system examines and describes itself with the same logic, then it ought to be easier to develop the coupling of these systems with themselves in a theoretically consistent way. This portal has committed itself to this research programme.