General theory of needs

Since Maslow’s theory of needs seems to be holding true to describe healthy people’s motivations (not the forced hierarchy, that I don’t agree with) it’s natural to expand it to cover the needs of any organizations. Following  Zachman framework and keeping in mind Alderfer’s ERG theory, we can start with the following:

  • Existence needs
    • Survival needs (if I don’t – I will die 100%)
      • What do I need to have to survive?
      • What do I need to do to survive?
      • Where do I need to be to survive?
      • When do I need to be there to survive?
    • Safety needs (if I don’t – I might die or will operate at reduced capacity)
      • What do I need to operate continuously/live?
      • What do I need to do to operate continuously/live?
      • Where do I need to be to operate continuously/live?
      • When do I need to be there to operate continuously/live?

So we can then answer the questions for these entities to understand their needs:

  • A person
  • Humanity as a whole
  • Government
  • Military organization
  • Commercial organization
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