Part of McMaster’s book, The Praxis Equation, is online

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 25, 2005
Filed in Strategy

Denham Grey points us to what appears to be a very interesting book: Michael McMaster’s  The praxis equation. Design principles for intelligent organisation. I Googled the title and found that a couple of chapters are published online.

I found one of the design principles quoted by Denham a little curious:

Without a starting hypothesis discovering which part of that space of possibility will offer us our greatest rewards [is] left to chance.

I would have thought that the problem with a starting hypothesis is that it creates a danger you will look in the wrong part of the possibility space and conclude the phenomena had either ceased or didn’t exist when in fact it could have just happened somewhere else. I’ve suggested an alternative approach based on multiple monitoring strategies. I’m now keen to understand Michael’s point and look forward to finding the rest of his chapters.

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  1. Denham says:

    Thanks for the link and spotting my typing omission. (now added & corrected)
    Mike’s point is: (I believe) a hypothesis acts as an attractor

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