Widely considered one of the most brilliant scientists in history, Louis Pasteur basically revolutionized the world as we know it. His breakthroughs have saved countless lives and improved the quality of life for people worldwide, and his work paved the way for what we call today microbiology.
For most people, Pasteur is remembered for his studies on pasteurization, a word dubbed after him, but before he could demonstrate pasteurization, he needed the germ theory of diseases. It was Pasteur who first proved that microorganisms can make us sick, and he then wrote recommendations on how to kill them and protect ourselves.
Louis Pasteur was a master of experimental research. Being not so much interested in theory, he made many fundamental discoveries just by careful observation. In this context, he formulated his famous quote on serendipity in 1854: ‘In the field of observation, chance favors only the prepared mind’.
From complex organizations with simple jobs to simple organizations with complex jobs.
Ulbo de Sitter studied sociology in Amsterdam and completed his PhD at the University of Leiden in 1970. His major contribution is the introduction of the sociotechnical movement in the Netherlands and its development into what is known today as Modern Socio-Technical Systems Thinking (MST).
MST as a theory is based on systems theory and cybernetics, but focuses on the design and change of organizations. With his particular interest in management and the reality of working life in Dutch organizations, De Sitter created a theory that is both practically and theoretically substantiated.
His magnum opus, ‘Synergetisch Produceren’ (1994), is an unsurpassed compendium of rules and guidelines for the redesign of labor in organizations. The detailed case stories and the depth of its rigorous theoretical framework have given it the status of a classic work with continued repercussions for our 21st century world.