The Information Measurement Theory (IMT) is the theoretical foundation behind The Best Value Approach. IMT is a tool that is used to help professionals understand businesses, industries, organizations, and people. IMT has been developed over the last thirty-six years, being tested and refined in the Kashiwagi home. The purpose of IMT is to:
- Minimize thinking and decision-making by simplifying situations.
- Understanding of initial conditions and prediction of future conditions.
- Identification of people with minimal information.
The fundamental concepts of IMT are natural laws, conditions, and the event. Each will be discussed briefly for a general understanding of the concept.
All natural laws existed before they were discovered. Before the law of gravity was discovered, objects still fell. Natural laws are discovered and not created. 100% of the natural laws exist in all space at all times. Natural laws help us to predict the future. There are no exceptions to natural laws. Natural laws operate in spaces where we can see and in spaces where we cannot see. If it is discovered that a natural law does not exist in a space, the natural law is not yet understood. The more an individual understands this concept, the more they will discover that nothing in life happens by chance and everything in life can be predicted with enough information.
The conditions of every space at a specific time are unique. Time, location and other unique characteristics of a space define a space. Spaces will always be unique. There are no two spaces that are exactly alike at the same time. The conditions or characteristics of every space will change over time.
People’s past unique conditions are directly related to their present unique conditions. The present unique conditions of a person are directly related to their future unique conditions. It is easier to look backwards over time to see how the past conditions became the present conditions than it is to attempt to predict the future conditions. The rationale is that people can perceive more information about the past because it has already happened. Looking in the past people can understand that there was only one way that the past could become the present, because they have observed that it only happened one way. However, people subconsciously hope that the future can happen in more than one way. This is because they lack sufficient information on the present conditions and the capability to comprehend the logic. A very observant person knows that the future will happen only one way because of the observation that it has always happened one way and always will happen only one way. Observant people have a greater ability to use logic.
Natural laws dictate that there is a direct relationship between the past, present and future conditions in a space. Every event [where conditions change] in the history of mankind has moved from a past unique condition to a future unique condition. Any change of conditions that takes time is an event. The event duration can be a second or it could be the entire history of mankind.
If a person understands the event model, they will understand the following:
- If someone understands the unique initial conditions and the natural laws, they will be able to predict the final conditions.
- The unique final conditions are directly related to the initial conditions by natural laws.
- Every event can only happen one way.
- There is no chance or randomness in reality.
- Once the initial conditions are set, no one can control, direct, or influence a person in the event or the event itself to change the final conditions into something that is not related to the initial conditions by natural laws.
- The longer the duration of the event, the more different the initial and final conditions will be.
The history of mankind is an event. It happened in only one way. Looking back at the history of mankind, it is easy to understand how one condition led to another condition. However, for most individuals, the future of our life and society is harder to predict because of the lack of information and understanding of the current conditions of the world. By using IMT principles or natural laws, predicting the future can become more simplistic. For example, based on the understanding that influence or control of people or events cannot be accomplished once the initial conditions are set, allows us to see that the use of regulation or war to control or change people will never be sustainable [cost will exceed the benefit]. Whenever someone attempts to control others to change them, the effort will end in failure.