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Abstract

The computer stores mountains of information which it communicates worldwide through an enormous bandwidth. We must learn to exercise severe, intelligent selectivity in mining our data mountains, and to communicate information in ways that will inform and not bury the recipients.

This is today’s task of organizational design. Organizing combines human efforts efficiently, dividing the undertaking into separate but interdependent tasks and securing good coordination in their performance. An effective organization and its buildings balance opportunity for reflective deliberation against opportunity for mutual exchange of ideas and information. That balance is lost if talk drowns out silence. In our time, silence is unlikely to drown out talk.

Keywords

Organizational Design Building Type Human Effort Effective Organization Keynote Speech 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Herbert A. Simon
    • 1
  1. 1.Richard King Mellon University Professor of Computer Science and PsychologyCarnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburghUSA

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