Funny thing about getting older is you start seeing more patterns. At least, I think so. Maybe I’ve always seen them, but never thought much about it. Whatever.
One of these patterns has to do with crossing borders or rather: the blurriness of borders. I don’t mean borders on maps, but borders in the factual world.
Absolute borders don’t seem to exist.
Not in physical sense nor in other, e.g. psychological or behavioural sense.
A simple one: a river has no strict borders, not even a canal.
Although I’m not into physics I know there is a difference between quantum mechanics and the relativity theory. To be able to comprehend it myself I define the quantum part as ‘what happens on a micro level’ and relativity as ‘the mechanics of the big picture’. They both form a form of reality, but until now no one has found an unified theory.
Look at organisations. People work together as one organism, the organisation has effects. Humans still determine what the behaviour of organisations is. Don’t be fooled by IT or Artificial Intelligence into believing otherwise: even self learning organisations will be initially programmed by humans.
So, organisations are build by two humans or more. Every human has its individual behaviour, value set, look at the world. Again, an organisation is not a self-operating thing. It’s man driven. Still, it is not always (...) the case that the behaviour of the organisation is the sum of individual behaviour. Thus, there must be a border where the micro/individual crosses the macro/organisational picture.
I’ve worked in many organisations as consultant, for change projects or reorganisations. Yet, I have no idea what, where or how or why (mwah, a bit more) defines behaviour of the org in relation to all these individuals. Let alone in an unified theory.
In all cases certain attributes change in that blurry twilight zone, they must.
At least I don’t understand it. Maybe you do or maybe we never will. If we find an unified theory for humans-organisations, do we then have a start for a unified physics theory or is creation more complex?
So, my CSPE question is: why is it so hard to find out what defines a transition-border?