Organizations

Social Systems Conducting Experiments

  • Jan Achterbergh
  • Dirk Vriens

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Jan Achterbergh, Dirk Vriens
    Pages 31-70
  3. Jan Achterbergh, Dirk Vriens
    Pages 113-163
  4. Jan Achterbergh, Dirk Vriens
    Pages 165-175
  5. Jan Achterbergh, Dirk Vriens
    Pages 177-221
  6. Jan Achterbergh, Dirk Vriens
    Pages 223-276
  7. Jan Achterbergh, Dirk Vriens
    Pages 277-284
  8. Jan Achterbergh, Dirk Vriens
    Pages 285-309
  9. Jan Achterbergh, Dirk Vriens
    Pages 311-343
  10. Jan Achterbergh, Dirk Vriens
    Pages 345-372
  11. Jan Achterbergh, Dirk Vriens
    Pages 373-379

About this book

Introduction

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.

Keywords

Design Transformation organization organizations social systems systems theory

Authors and affiliations

  • Jan Achterbergh
    • 1
  • Dirk Vriens
    • 2
  1. 1.Fac. Management SciencesRadboud University NijmegenNijmegenNetherlands
  2. 2.Fac. Management SciencesRadboud University NijmegenNijmegenNetherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-00110-9
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-00109-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-00110-9
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