biomatrix design courses

why the courses are needed

Advancing globalisation and digitalisation make it increasingly obvious that the legacy systems of the industrial age (ranging from education, energy and medical systems to the current finance and democracy systems) are inappropriate, out of control and unable to solve humanity’s complex problems.  They actually co-produce those problems.

Thus, the cultural, economic and political systems of humanity need to be redesigned.

Current management education is also a relic of the industrial age, besides lacking an integrating theory of management. It is therefore incapable of guiding the redesign of such systems. This is confirmed by the dismal success rates of change interventions (e.g. about 70 percent fail and only 5 percent seem to show a sustained success).

Instead, we need firstly, a trans-disciplinary theory that explains how systems are organised and change and secondly, a comprehensive methodology that enables the stakeholders of a system to redesign it. Biomatrix Theory and Methodology provide this knowledge and the Biomatrix Design Courses disseminate it.

theoretical foundation of the courses

The Biomatrix Design Courses are based on Biomatrix Theory which is a w/holistic systems theory that explains how systems are organised, develop and change.

In application, the theory gives rise to a w/holistic methodology (i.e. Biomatrix Methodology) which guides the analysis and (dis)solving of complex problem s and the (re)design of systems for sustainability.

overview of the biomatrix design courses

The Biomatrix School for Sustainable System Design offers the following five courses which cover all aspects of system design and transformation:

W/Holistic Systems Thinking for leaders who want to understand complexity and change the world

This course provides an overview of different systems thinking approaches and explains the key concepts of Biomatrix Theory.

Its aim is to transform the worldview of the course participant and thereby provide them with new understanding and different options for acting in the world.

Complex Problem Solving skills for the creative leader

This course explains the difference between problem solving and problem dissolving and provides a step by step methodology for dissolving complex problems through system redesign.

Course participants also learn a brainstorming method that enhances creativity, solutions orientation and higher order thinking. This brainstorming method is also the foundation of the Biomatrix Jamming Programme which allows the stakeholders of a system to participate online in collecting existing solutions and brainstorming new ones for the redesign of their shared system.

W/Holistic Industry and Function Design as sustainable supply chain

This course explains the design and management of a sustainable supply chain based on seven forces of system organisation and their associated organising principles.

A sustainable supply and value chain needs to consider the coherent and continuous flow of products and by-products and generate benefits for all stakeholders and minimise negative impacts on the planet.

This body of knowledge is required for the (re)design of an industry, business process, personal, organisational and societal function, as well as for most public policy designs.

W/Holistic Organisation Design as connected and coordinated learning matrix

This course explains the design and management of an organisation as a learning matrix, based on seven forces of system organisation and their associated organising principles.

A learning organisation is wired for ongoing change in accordance with its changing environment in a creative, resilient and internally coordinated manner.

This body of knowledge is required for the (re)design of a business organisation, NGO, NPO, government department and public / private partnership.

W/Holistic Change Management from creative design to sustained implementation

This course explains the generic principles of how systems change and develop.

It also provides methods for managing and facilitating each step in the methodology for complex problem (dis)solving and system redesign to ensure stakeholder alignment.

ideal sequence of course delivery

Although each course can stand alone, they nevertheless require some knowledge of the other courses for a full understanding.  Therefore ideally, a learner will complete the courses in a specific sequence, which provides the richest learning experience and allows working with the same case study throughout.

The Table below lists the sequence of courses for the full understanding of industry and function design and organisation design respectively.

Having completed one of the two series, the outstanding course 3 of the other series will be available to the learner at a reduced rate.


Ideal sequence of courses for industry and function design and development Ideal sequence of courses for organisation design and development
1. W/Holistic Systems Thinking 1. W/Holistic Systems Thinking
2. Complex Problem Solving 2. Complex Problem Solving
3. W/Holistic Industry and Function Design 3. W/Holistic Organisation Design
4. W/Holistic Change Management 4. W/Holistic Change Management

benefits of the courses

Besides conveying both, theoretical knowledge and practical expertise related to the specific subject of the course (i.e. on w/holistic thinking, complex problem solving, organisation -, industry – and function design and change management), you will also gain the following generic benefits:

understand and be confident in practical application

Each course asks you to choose a case study and exercise templates guide you to apply the learning to it. Thereby you gain confidence on how to practically apply the knowledge. The same templates can be used in other application in your future. You will also gain insight of why some of your past change interventions did not succeed as well as you intended.

improve your work performance

By applying the knowledge gained from the courses, you will be able to solve and / or facilitate the solving of complex problems in your private and work life and contribute more meaningfully to the development and (re)design of systems in your wider organizational and societal context.

enhance your personal development

The courses will transform the way you think. As a w/holistic thinker you will fundamentally change the way you think about the world and live in it.

You will gain more clarity about how the world functions and become more confident about how you can contribute to changing it. You will become more self-reflective, aware and self-reliant on the one hand and considerate of other systems and able to cooperate with stakeholders on the other.

You will become more creative and solutions-orientated and be able to facilitate others to become so as well.

By understanding complexity better you will also be able to communicate this to others and engage them in more “intelligent” conversations that contextualize their opinions and perspectives within larger frameworks and facilitate the transcendence of differences and alignment around shared visions.

become a more effective manager

You will understand how systems interact, impact on and co-produce each other and how systems are organised, based on generic principles. This will contextualise, extend and deepen your current managerial knowledge and provide you with new approaches to manage a personal, organisational or societal system.

become a more effective leader

W/Holistic leadership implies understanding the importance of each part within a larger whole, assuming responsibility for the larger whole and facilitating the parts to align around a shared vision of the containing whole and co-producing it. This requires w/holistic thinking and is a fundamental leadership skill.

Leaders also need to know w/holistic methodology to engage stakeholders in co-developing and aligning around a shared vision for the future and to inspire them to co-produce a more desirable collective future.

advance your career

The expertise gained from the courses is needed in many different areas of management, especially in senior management. Thus the courses can be regarded as executive development.

The courses on system (re)design are of special relevance to managers concerned with system design, such as business, organisation development and public policy designers, as well as management consultants and IT system designers.

By completing all courses (in the sequence listed above) and by working with the same case study throughout, you can become a w/holistic management consultant and public policy design facilitator.

You can also become a learning facilitator for the delivery of the Biomatrix design courses to corporate clients and a programme manager of the Biomatrix Transformation Programmes.