Name: Laurence B.
I am currently studing the transition of a pirate radio
station into a licensed radio station, applying the obstacles that it
must overcome to the areas of the Sigmoid Curve(looking at the lifecycle
of an organisation) . In order to understand more about the curve I
would like to know where and how it originated and by whom?
I have also found a modle by Greiner called the 'organisation lifecycle
model' which is the Sigmoid Curve in more detail. Do you have any
knowledge on this model?
A sigmoid curve is a common type of response function, encountered
frequently in biology, as an example. The relationship between the name of
the curve, "sigmoid", and its appearance, is easy : the name starts with an
"S" and the curve looks like an "S", see
Phenomenologically, it says that the response (value on the y-axis, which
could be company size, etc.) to the input (value on the x-axis, which could
be dollars, man-hours of work, etc.) is initially slow, followed by a
period of rapid growth, eventually settling into a steady-state saturation
level. I'm not familiar with Greiner's model, but, again, this is a common
form of response and there is nothing particularly special about it.
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