Elisabeth Dostal (born Feyrer) grew up in Austria. On a visit to South Africa she met her husband Pavel Dostal, a mechanical engineer. They live in Cape Town and Brno (Czech Republic), Pavel’s hometown.
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She is also a management consultant, specialising in the theory and praxis of societal and organisational transformation based on the Biomatrix Systems Approach. She has worked with a variety of South African and international business organisations, NGOs and governments.
Since 1994, she has been teaching systems thinking, systemic management and business futuristics in MBA and other post-graduate programmes at Stellenbosch University, as well as various other South African and European universities.
Until 1991, she was a senior researcher at the Institute for Futures Research (IFR) of Stellenbosch University, specialising in socio-economic and political forecasting and scenario planning, as well as researching long-term trends of South Africa's future. She also made methodological contributions to forecasting, planning and societal problem (dis)solving.
About the books
(in collaboration with Anacreon Cloete and György Járos). 2005 (third edition). BiomatrixWeb, Cape Town, South Africa. (First edition published in 2004 by SUN Press, Stellenbosch, South Africa)
This book provides a comprehensive theory of management. It outlines how change in organisations and society needs to be managed in the information age: systemically. It also proposes ideas for new governance models.
Part 1 of the book provides an overview of Biomatrix Systems Theory.
Part 2 applies the theory to management, organisation development and transformation.
Part 3 applies the theory to dissolving complex societal problems.
The book may be regarded as a textbook for management, leadership and governance in the 21st century. Case studies are provided throughout the book.
Biomatrix Systems Theory in Graphics
(in collaboration with Anacreon Cloete and György Járos). 2012. BiomatrixWeb, Cape Town, South Africa
This book foregrounds the graphic representation of Biomatrix Systems Theory. Each theoretical concept is depicted by a figure, which is also explained and its relevance pointed out. Because “a picture is worth a thousand words” the reader gains an intuitive as well as intellectual understanding of the theory.
Each figure in the book is assembled using a few graphic elements, which constitute a unique graphic alphabet. Biomatrix Systems Theory is the only systems theory with a graphic alphabet.
It is our mission to contribute to a global shift in worldview towards systems thinking. This book can therefore be viewed free of charge as a presentation on www.biomatrixtheory.com.