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Systems practice

, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp 353–360 | Cite as

The application of autopoiesis to social organizations: A comment on John Mingers' reply

  • Fenton F. Robb
Research Note
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Conclusion

I am grateful to our Editor for this opportunity of making a reply.

I hope, in these few lines, not to have converted John Mingers, and those like-minded, to a belief in autopoietic social systems but to have raisedjust the possibility that there is a problem area here and that, because of the anticipated outcomes of such a possibility, this area is worth our attention.

I hope that others will help us by engaging in the debate.

Whereas John Mingers “would like to believe that autopoiesis does explain some social organizations but [has] come to believe that it does not,” I had hoped that it wouldnot explain some social organizations but have come to believe that itcould.

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Social Organization Problem Area Anticipate Outcome Autopoietic Social System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fenton F. Robb
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  1. 1.Department of Accounting and Business MethodThe University of EdinburghEdinburghScotland, UK

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