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Capturing the Organization Organism: An Outside-In Approach to Enterprise Architecture by John Alexander

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CHAPTER 2

Organization as an Organism

At the heart of complexity lies simplicity. At the heart of simplicity lies complexity.

What does it really mean to “treat the organization as an organism operating within an environment?” In this chapter, we will return to the analogy of the cat to help explain this concept, and then use this understanding to explain the concept of the organization as an organism. This will provide a direction to focus on for EA in looking at organizations within their environments.

Meow

We know certain things about a cat. A cat is a carnivorous animal, which means it must eat meat to survive. Cats do not extract their protein and most other of the nutrients they need to live from vegetable matter. Nor do they prefer carrion ...

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