Systemic Practice and Action Research,2007年20(3):211-244 ISSN：1094-429X
Shen, Chao Ying
[Chao Ying Shen] Nanhua Univ, Grad Inst Management Sci, 32 Chung Keng Li, Chiayi 622, Taiwan.;Nanhua Univ, Grad Inst Management Sci, Chiayi 622, Taiwan.;Nanhua Univ, Coll Management, Dept Business Adm, Chiayi 622, Taiwan.;Fo Guang Shan Tsung Lin Univ, Kaohsiung 840, Taiwan.;Inst Environm Sci & Res Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand.
[Shen, Chao Ying] Nanhua Univ, Grad Inst Management Sci, 32 Chung Keng Li, Chiayi 622, Taiwan.
Boundary critique;Buddhism;Buddhist organization;Buddhist Systems Methodology (BSM);Culture;Methodological pluralism;Systemic intervention;Systems methodology;Systems thinking;Viable System Model (VSM)
This paper describes the application of a Buddhist systems methodology (BSM) to tackle a significant conflict (and underlying issues) threatening the future of a large non-governmental Buddhist membership organization in Taiwan. An evaluation of the BSM, undertaken six months after the intervention, demonstrated positive impacts, including a major reduction in conflict; improved communications across the organization (especially from the bottom-up); a successful restructuring to address some of the underlying issues; a significant upturn in the recruitment and retention of members; and a consequential turn-around of the organization's financial position. In addition, several senior managers took on the BSM for their personal use, trained others, and cascaded the methodology down the organization. This resulted in the official adoption of the BSM as the 'main decision-making system' for part of the organization, and the start of wider dissemination. Based on these results, the authors argue that the BSM may have more general utility for problem solving and problem prevention in Taiwanese (and possibly other) Buddhist organizations.
[纪琳] Guangxi Univ, XingJian Coll Sci & Liberal Arts, Int Coll, Nanning 530004, Peoples R China.;[蒋天平] Cent China Normal Univ, Sch Chinese Language & Literature, Wuhan 430079, Peoples R China.;[蒋天平] Univ S China, Coll Chinese Languages, Hengyang 421001, Peoples R China.
[Jiang Tianping] Cent China Normal Univ, Sch Chinese Language & Literature, Wuhan 430079, Peoples R China.