System Archetype 4: Shifting the Burden to the Intervenor

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Ignatius D
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Description of Shifting the Burden to the Intervenor One of the System Archetypes is "Shifting the Burden to the Intervenor". Shifting the burden structure is very common in the case where outside help (intervenors, for example a consultant) is taken to solve the problems. The intervenors help in dealing with the problem symptoms with their methods and do that so effectively that internal people of the organization never get to learn how to deal with the problems themselves. This creates a dependency on the intervenors who may focus only on the temporary solutions to the problems as they might see only the problem symptom and not the root cause of the problem. Early Warning Symptoms of Shifting the Burden to the Intervenor When your organization faces a problem and try to outsource it and the work gets done. But then, in some days, again another problem occurs and yet again you decide to outsource the issue so it is fixed. This is the time when you must know that this is the struc (...) Read more? Sign up for free


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