6 Du Pont in Transition

Complementary to the technology of Conversations for Design are the design of the internal social structures of organizations in support of Conversations for Design, and the concomitant demand-activated production machine.

Placeholders for future conversations are:
the history of Du Pont and its evolution to the present state

the notion of "requisite variety" in countering the effects of external change

the role of individual self-interest within the corporate whole

dynamic conservatism: energy in service of stasis, the immune system's response to change

the new vertical corporation and the role of switching

Du Pont is a living system of many modes operating simultaneously. The transformations in Du Pont will take place in the relations among these modes. The transformations that appear "in Du Pont" are actually inclusive of transformations in the world.