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  • n. The optimization of a subunit (or series of subunits) of an organization


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  • We need to aim for total optimization—not suboptimization done at the mini-company level.

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  • This can produce coordination problems if a peer is disliked, discrimination and suboptimization if a subordinate is disliked, and subtle insubordination if a boss is disliked.

    Managing Strategic Relationships

  • Personal improvement efforts may pose a danger of “suboptimization.”


  • This assumption means that every action, practice, and technique is discrete and repeatable; every activity in the process is visible and subject to suboptimization.

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  • This paradox can be formulated more explicitly through the principle of suboptimization: optimizing the outcome for a subsystem will generally not optimize the outcome for the system as a whole.

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  • In the classical prisoner's dilemma, the suboptimization for each of the prisoners separately is to betray the other one, but this leads to both of them being sentenced rather severely, while they might have gone away with a mild sentence if they had stayed silent.

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  • It can and will cause the same suboptimization seen on Wall Street.

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  • So, if you attempt to identify processes at Level 3 or lower (with no link to Level 2 and customer expectations), you are operating in what we call the "suboptimization zone."


  • Every week the consequences of suboptimization become visible.

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  • • They must be interlinked to avoid suboptimization.

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