On the generation of organizational architectures using Petri Nets
A methodology is presented for generating architectures for decisionmaking organizations that satisfy some generic structural properties, as well as more specific designer's requirements. Petri Nets are used as the basic technique to represent organizational architectures. The allowable set of interactions among the organization members is first defined, and a mathematical framework is developed to represent the interactions between organization members. The set of organizational architectures satisfying both the structural and the designer's requirements is then analyzed. This set is delimited by its minimal and maximal elements and a technique is given to generate the entire set from its boundaries. Simple paths are used as the incremental unit leading from one organizational form in the set to its neighboring ones. The methodology has been implemented on a personal computer.
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