Organizations

Social Systems Conducting Experiments

Authors: Achterbergh, Jan, Vriens, Dirk

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  • Revised edition now in softcover.
  • One of the first books to combine cybernetics and social systems theory.
  • Provides a set of principles for designing socially responsible organizations.
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What are organizations? What is their point? How should one design successful organizations?

Although these questions have been treated by many authors in many different ways, this book offers a new perspective. In a nutshell, the book combines cybernetics, social systems theory and Aristotle’s ethics to describe organizations as "social systems conducting experiments with their survival" and to formulate principles for their design. In Part I, the authors argue that ‘experimenting’ and ‘social interaction’ are key features of organizations. In order to survive, organizations continuously have to experiment with goals, infrastructures and transformation processes and this experiment is an inherently social activity.

In Part II principles are given guiding the design of organizational infrastructures.

In Part III Aristotle’s ethics, cybernetics and social systems theory are instrumental to describe and derive design principles required for social responsibility.

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Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Organizations
Book Subtitle
Social Systems Conducting Experiments
Authors
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-14316-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-14316-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-14315-1
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XII, 391
Number of Illustrations
73 b/w illustrations
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