# Mission vs. Vision LO26776

From: Dressler, Winfried (Winfried.Dressler@Voith.com)
Date: 06/05/01

>"missions and visions are virtually the same thing". Do you know of any
>industry experts that argue for or against?

Wondering what kind of relation is meant to be established by the phrase
"is virtually the same".

Does the statement for instance mean:

m = v (mission equals vision)? or
m ~ v (mission is proportional to vision)? or
m = v (mission is one-to-one caused by a vision)?

At de Lange wrote recently on the morphology and syntaxis of statements.
He used the examples E = m x c x c and E = F + T x S. These statements are
morphologically (the mathematical form) very simple but highly complex
syntactically (their position within the context of the apropriate
theory). I think this fits also for your statement. I am wondering what
kind of theory would be involved to make your statement syntactically
valid?

Let me give an example from physics, which may be translated to support
your statement as a possible "theory": Walking around an watching the
movement of things, one may wonder that causes these things to move. By
some experimenting one will find out that movement does not require any
cause - things will move on for ever if they are not stopped. On the other
hand equally nothing starts to move without a cause. So you may then say:
To change the state of movement requires a cause. Further experiments with
simple mechanical items will show that the change of movement
(acceleration or deceleration 'a') is proportional to a force 'F' applied
and further that the factor of proportionality is the mass 'm' of the
body. Formally, this is the famous equation of movement of newtonian
mechanics: F = m x a. The study of movement has become equal to the study
of forces: Find the form which a certain forve takes (for example the
gravitational force) and the movement can 'virtually' be calculated.

With this image in mind, your statement may want to express that a vision
has the quality of a force and the mission is the corresponding movement?

But I think that between vision and mission, as well as between mission
and action, there is an important human element which destroys the
'virtual equality': choice.

Liebe Gruesse,

Winfried

The most famous and important equation of Newtonian physics is

F = m x a

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