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Paula Thornton

Chris: You've tapped on a thought that I've taken to the mat at least once -- math/numbers are just concepts, they're not real (analogous to your thoughts on models). It's a matter of complexity. If "4" represents the whole (e.g. an apple), then 1+1+1+1 (an apple cut in 4 parts) can never equal 4. Once cut the apple can never be put back together (at least not by mere mortals).

This is a critical issue to consider in light of a heavy reliance on ROI in business cases, or in light of ANY business decision made by looking at an oversimplificaion of the facts (extracted from the reality) -- especially change.

I just wrote about a particular 'model' (cross-company) I experienced that celebrates, shortening distances (a different way to consider 'simple'): http://www.fastforwardblog.com/2007/10/11/think-supply-chain-or-demand-chain/

Thanks for your insightful thoughts. Look forward to more of them.

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