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About the author:
Elisabeth Dostal is a futurist, management educator and management consultant.

She is the founder and director of BiomatrixWeb (, an organisation that applies Biomatrix systems theory to organisational and societal change management.

Her management consulting experience includes interventions on organisational redesign, transformation and problem (dis)solving, as well as strategy development and policy design in various national and international business corporations, governments and NGOs.

She has been associated with the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, since 1977, initially in a full-time capacity as senior researcher at the Institute for Futures Research, later as a part-time lecturer on business futuristics and systems thinking. She has also been a guest lecturer at various other universities in South Africa and Europe. She has attended and addressed a variety of conferences associated with systems thinking and futurism.

Her qualifications include Master of Social Sciences, Kepler University Linz, Austria and PhD in General Systems Theory, University of Cape Town, South Africa.


A Systems Theory in Graphics

Authored by Elisabeth Dostal
Authored with Anacreon Cloete, György Járos

Biomatrix: A Systems Theory in Graphics introduces Biomatrix Systems Theory. It is a meta-systems theory which integrates and adds to various concepts, models and tools derived from general systems theory, complexity theory and other related disciplines. It was developed in an interdisciplinary PhD programme at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. It co-evolved through the interaction of science (developing systems theory within and across various scientific disciplines) and application in discipline related praxis.

The purpose of this book is to put the visual representation of Biomatrix Systems Theory in the foreground. It illustrates how all concepts of the theory are contained within the biomatrix (the web of life) and how they co-produce it as a web-field continuum. It depicts in a coherent and increasingly detailed way how all systems are organised. This is achieved through a graphic alphabet. It consists of a few elements that combine to show all aspects of the theory and its application in a methodology for managing change in systems.

BiomatrixWeb, an organisation founded by Dr. Elisabeth Dostal (one of the co-developers of Biomatrix Systems Theory), applies the theory to managing organisational and societal change. For more information please visit

Publication Date:
0620522917 / 9780620522915
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.5" x 8.5"
Full Color
Related Categories:
Science / System Theory

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