Organizational structure

VSHN is organized in a flat hierarchy with only two levels of management compared to classic organizations, the Board and the Management. The whole company is organized in Domains which self-organized Teams or Delegate Circles are accountable for. This concept comes from Sociocracy 3.0.

This handbook is actually structured around the domains of VSHN.

Sociocracy 3.0

We prefer to use principles, concepts and patterns from Sociocracy 3.0 instead of reinventing the wheel whenever we’ve to address an organizational need.

Sociocracy 3.0 a.k.a. "S3" is social technology for evolving agile and resilient organizations at any size, from small start-ups to large international networks and multi-agency collaboration.

Using S3 can help us to achieve our objectives and successfully navigate complexity. We can make organizational changes one step at a time, without the need for sudden radical reorganization or planning a long-term change initiative:

  • We identify our areas of greatest need and select one or more practices or guidelines that help.

  • We proceed at our own pace, and develop both our skills and a more sociocratic and agile mindset as we go.

Regardless of your position in the organization, you’ll find many proven ideas that are relevant and helpful for you.

Sociocracy 3.0 sometimes mixes domains and circles, since normally one team is accountable for exactly one domain. However, domain descriptions can exist for all domains of an organization and especially roles or delegate circles can be accountable for several domains. For this reason we try to keep domains and circles strictly separated and link them explicitly.