Initially, the taxonomy was constructed out of psychosocial things in analogy with physical things e.g. a 'levels of purpose might also be referred to as different types of purpose. But that raises the issue of why levels are needed and/or why types should be arranged hierarchically.' is a thing, and so
Subsequently, it became evident that psychosocial reality contains both structures and processes e.g. there are «organizations» and there is «work» within them.
However, on closer scrutiny, it became evident that a structure like an «organization» only exists by virtue of repetitive processes—physical, psychological, and social. These give the appearance of endurance and stability. If all «work processes» ceased, then the «organization» itself would vanish for all practical purposes.
So taxonomic elements were not so much things to be defined but functions to be formulated.
I referred previously to "noun" names and "verb" names. The present architectural investigation demands greater clarity. The terms now preferred are:
■ «entity name» which can be either a noun or a verb,
■ «function name» which is a verbal phrase relating to the dynamic use of the entity (i.e. within a Tree framework).
is one of the earliest frameworks to be discovered. All the levels of in were initially described as nouns:
It is not immediately obvious how to convert these to verb forms. The initial approach was simplicity itself:
• Add the term "set" for individually controllable levels (L1-L4)
• Add the term "hold" for the intrinsically social levels (L5-L7) which must be identified with as part of group membership
Although purposes naturally have to be "set" and "held", closer scrutiny reveals that the function of the levels in practice does not accord with those formulations.
Example: "" of Project NewCo
are not "set" within Project-NewCo, they are given. In order to "set" the for Project-NewCo, you must function in a time when Project NewCo is desired but does not yet exist. To bring it into existence, you have to create a mini-endeavour whose primary task (i.e. ) might be: Create Project-NewCo. One necessary outcome of that mini-endeavour will be to specify Project-NewCo's rationale i.e. its . In other words, «setting principal objects» is a of a mini-endeavour prior to and apart from Project-NewCo itself. Once completed and determined, Project-NewCo can be created because its indicate key aspects of its identity (e.g. raison d'etre, funding, staffing).
Within Project-NewCo, the specified givenserve to provide identity, guidance, structure and stability of purpose to insiders. The will only serve their proper function if they are owned and sustained by the Project NewCo insiders.
So the «function» of in practice is something like: «sustain principal objects». For this function to be operative, those involved must appreciate the nature of as «entities».
The current and still provisional view of the(not previously published) is therefore:
|L||Entity Name||Function Name|
|7||Ultimate Value||Activate an ultimate value|
|6||Value System||Adhere to a value system|
|5||Social Value||Share a social value|
|4||Principal Object||Own a principal object|
|3||Internal Priority||Install internal priorities|
|2||Strategic Objective||Set a strategic objective|
|1||Tactical Objective||Pursue a tactical objective|
The numerous formulations of properties and relationships between theare largely unaffected by this taxonomic development.
The entities were identified with their properties, and function was barely mentioned. The was presented as follows, and the conversion into functions via a «verb name» seemed simple and obvious.was initially suggested at an early stage when next to nothing was known of the Taxonomy. Only
|L||Entity Name||Verb Name|
However, it is evident that these verbs are simply actions i.e. the action in making a comparison, the action involved in measurement. To say that a «relation» is based on «relating» is not to say very much. While important and indeed essential to action terms do not indicate the function of the entity within endeavours.,
In order to grasp the hierarchical quality, I have applied the conjecture being investigated in this section, namely that the function of each level stems from the unique necessity of the corresponding . My justification is that it has been confirmed in well-understood hierarchies like above and adds clarity. As a result, the table for now appears as follows:
|L||Entity Name||Function Name|
|7||Wonder||RL7-Willingness process intrinsic to .|
|6||Judgement||RL6-Purpose process intrinsic to .|
|5||Relation||RL5-Communication process intrinsic to .|
|4||Measurement||RL4-Experience process intrinsic to .|
|3||Comparison||RL3-Change process intrinsic to .|
|2||Concept||RL2-Inquiry process intrinsic to to enable inquiry.|
In the case of doing something (e.g. ticking a box) and the function is therefore: ., it is clearly not enough for inquiry simply to observe or sense some phenomenon. The observation must be registered to enable subsequent analysis, and that involves
For a inquiry. For a to be performed, you must set up a system of relevant things revealing changes of state. is a form of socially agreed comparison-L3 that has been instituted formally, and the functional issue here involves user acceptance of its validity (i.e. experiential). are abstracted from what reality has to offer and this is a construction based on communication. only makes sense when explained in terms of criteria. Finally, functions through a willing active release.to be operative in inquiry, it must be adequately , which itself requires
The provisional formulations are now as follows:
|L||Entity Name||Function Name|
|6||Judgement||Explain a judgement|
|5||Relation||Construct a relation|
|4||Measurement||Accept a measurement|
|3||Comparison||Arrange a comparison|
|2||Concept||Define a concept|
|1||Observation||Register an observation|
We naturally think of entity nouns from L1 to L5 in action terms i.e. as intrinsically verbal. However, it is evident that this results from a cumulation of level functioning up to but not beyond the particular entity. Action is provided ultimately by the lowest level in the system, not by the level that you happen to identify.
This Matrix usesas an example: see further examples below.
|Level of Emergence of Entity : Noun-Name||Functions Implied by Entity : Verb Name|
involves acceptance of the measurement principle (L4) + using that system to arrange comparison (L3) + defining the relevant concepts (L2) + registering what is observed on the scale (L1).
involves understanding what the signal is and when it should be used (L2) + producing the appropriate stimulus (L1).
) requires devising action-result possibilities in a situation (L5). However, as an action-event, it necessarily also involves deploying a repertoire (L4) + using techniques (L3) + following certain procedures (L2) + making bodily movements (L1).
Entities-functions at L6 and L7 often seem to float above the world of action. They seem to permeate actualities and often get taken for granted or ignored/neglected.
L6 entities provide an essence e.g. in , a requires to be a symbol; in , assumes a clear of the state of affairs.
L7 entities remove boundaries e.g. opens up ; opens up ; opens up .
Last amended: 29-Dec-2014