The Firm as a Viable System


  • Gaetano M. Golinelli
  • Mauro Gatti



Firm, Systemic Approach, Management Studies, Viable System, Market-Driven Management


The viable system logic is widely considered a reference point for all the entrepreneurial organizations.
The viable organizations have to struggle for existence, a statement particularly valid, if we consider changes (adjustments, transformations, reorganizations) of logic and physical assets (logic and physical structure) as also specific
configurations developed in time.
As a consequence, a viable system can be defined as follows: it is a system that survives, remains united and entire; it is omeostatically equilibrated internally and externally; it contains mechanisms and opportunities to grow, learn, develop and
adapt becoming more efficient in a proper context.

Author Biographies

Gaetano M. Golinelli

Full Professor of Management, University of Rome-La Sapienza

Mauro Gatti

Associate Professor of Management, University of Milan-Bicocca




How to Cite

Golinelli, G. M., & Gatti, M. (2001). The Firm as a Viable System. Symphonya. Emerging Issues in Management, (2), 38–63.