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The Theory of Deferred Action: Purposive Design as Deferred Systems for Emergent Organisations

  • Nandish V. Patel
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Part of the Integrated Series in Information Systems book series (ISIS, volume 28)

Abstract

The theory of deferred action explains the effect of emergence on organisation and systems design. It is applied to conceptualise information systems capable of responding to changing environments that cause systems and organisations to be emergent. These deferred information systems are based on the deferred model of reality that reflects emergence and enables appropriate responses as deferred action whilst pursuing predetermined goals.

Keywords

Complexity Emergence Emergent Organisation and Systems Deferred Information Systems Dynamical Environment Feedforward Mechanism Theory of Deferred Action 

Abbreviations

IS

Information systems

IT

Information technology

SME

Small- and medium-sized enterprises

Notes

Acknowledgement

I am grateful to Mr. Dinesh Joshi for his conceptualisation of deferred action as the feedforward mechanism. It arises from his MBA Business Project on deferred action as a basis for strategically managing IT systems outsourcing. It is a most valuable contribution to the development of the theory.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Brunel Business SchoolBrunel UniversityUxbridgeUK

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