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This page describes the organizational forces that limit change.  It explains how to overcome them when necessary. 

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This page uses an example to illustrate how:
  • A business can gain focus from targeting key customers,
  • Business planning activities performed by the whole organization can build awareness, empowerment and coherence. 
  • A program approach can ensure strategic alignment. 
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This page uses the example of HP's printer organization freeing itself from its organizational constraints to sell a printer targeted at the IBM pc user. 
The constraints are described. 
The techniques to overcome them are implied. 
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Chess illustrates key aspects of strategic thinking

Chess matches are heavily documented and analyzed, and
The agents in complex adaptive systems (CAS) must model their environment to respond effectively to it.  Samuel modeling is described as an approach. 
each theory
advanced about a
Plans emerge in complex adaptive systems (CAS) to provide the instructions that agents use to perform actions.  The component architecture and structure of the plans is reviewed. 
move sequence
is typically played out in later games that test the theory practically.  Much of the logic of
This page introduces the complex adaptive system (CAS) theory frame.  The theory is positioned relative to the natural sciences.  It catalogs the laws and strategies which underpin the operation of systems that are based on the interaction of emergent agents. 
John Holland's framework for representing complexity is outlined.  Links to other key aspects of CAS theory discussed at the site are presented. 
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is visible. 

I would recommend any competitive strategist to validate his theories at low cost on the chess board.

Much of the 2000 tech. bubble could have been avoided had the networking industry paid more attention to matching
Agents can manage uncertainty by limiting their commitments of resources until the environment contains signals strongly correlated with the required scenario.  This page explains how agents can use Shewhart cycles and SWOT processes to do this. 
pre-conditions to levels of commitment
instead of adopting strategic intent justified by positive returns, W Brian Arthur's conception of how high tech products have positive economic feedback as they deploy.  Classical products such as foods have negative returns to scale since they take increasing amounts of land, and distribution infrastructure to support getting them to market.  High tech products typically become easier to produce or gain from network effects of being connected together overcoming the negative effects of scale.  

Alekhine's classic win against Marshall Baden-Baden May 1925 with a Pawn storm attacking Marshall's Queen and King was never in doubt.  My schema for his win is: weak square complex + opponents castling strategy +
Agents can manage uncertainty by limiting their commitments of resources until the environment contains signals strongly correlated with the required scenario.  This page explains how agents can use Shewhart cycles and SWOT processes to do this. 
commitments=pre-conditions
+ Pawn storm;

Alekhine's joint use of weak square complexes and centralization demonstrates the building of strategic advantage based on deep understanding of the
The complex adaptive system (CAS) nature of a value delivery system is first introduced.  It's a network of agents acting as relays. 

The critical nature of hub agents and the difficulty of altering an aligned network is reviewed. 

The nature of and exceptional opportunities created by platforms are discussed. 

Finally an example of aligning a VDS is presented. 
environment
and creating weaknesses in the opponent's position.  His balancing of commitment to pre-conditions managed uncertainty is when a factor is hard to measure because it is dependent on many interconnected agents and may be affected by infrastructure and evolved amplifiers.  This is different from Risk.   while enabling powerful attacks. 

Since chess is a far simpler system than life it provides a model environment for understanding competitive advantage.  While it does not model unbalanced situations like the
This page reviews Christensen's disruption of a complex adaptive system (CAS).  The mechanism is discussed with examples from biology and business. 
innovator's dilemma
it can apply in battles between established competitors. Often the root causes of success are simpler to identify than in the business scenario. 

Even with the highly documented nature of the major games sophisticated theories that rationally explain the situation in the center of a chess board did not appear until Steinitz described his positional strategies, a logic extended and complemented by Nimzowitsch's "My System" and his demonstration of the strategies implied in "Chess Praxis".  The full adaptive nature of chess strategy is demonstrated in "Tal Botvinnik 1960".  

 
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This page looks at schematic structures and their uses.  It discusses a number of examples:
  • Schematic ideas are recombined in creativity. 
  • Similarly designers take ideas and rules about materials and components and combine them. 
  • Schematic Recipes help to standardize operations. 
  • Modular components are combined into strategies for use in business plans and business models. 

As a working example it presents part of the contents and schematic details from the Adaptive Web Framework (AWF)'s operational plan. 

Finally it includes a section presenting our formal representation of schematic goals. 
Each goal has a series of associated complex adaptive system (CAS) strategy strings. 
These goals plus strings are detailed for various chess and business examples. 
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  • Business planning activities performed by the whole organization can build awareness, empowerment and coherence. 
  • A program approach can ensure strategic alignment. 
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