Interdisciplinearity LO22736

Gavin Ritz (
Sat, 25 Sep 1999 11:23:49 +1200

Replying to LO22717 --

Dear Rick

EKS stands for Engpas Konzientriete Strategie, Bottleneck Concentrated
Strategy, Winfried's father was one of the first to go on this course
designed by the German Wolfgang Mewes in the 50's and still has a huge
following in Germany and some like myself in the English speaking world.
It is a pure cybernetic strategy with the focus on solving the bottleneck
in the environment( as different to theory of constraints inside the
org.). I was introduced to this by a German fellow( one of the brightest
engineers I ever meet) about 5 years ago. The course is still very much
available only in German though. It is a systems approach to solving
almost any market need, once one is onto the process, one is always
looking for the power relationships, tensions and bottlenecks in the
market. eg the tension between supply and demand. It is basically a
tension theory. There are about 20 manuals each about 100 pages it goes
through the theory with hundreds of case studies and then they show you
how to use it. This has forever changed the way I look at the world, as
Senge says once you start seeing causality circles you see everything that
way. That is the same with EKS as it is called in Germany.


Gavin Ritz wrote:

> [Host's Note: OK, I'll bite... What's EKS theory? What does it contribute
> to organizational learning? ..Rick]


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