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Organizations as Organisms Informatics 162W April 15, 2019
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I Never Metaphor I Didn’t Like… We’ve been in the land of machines… Regulation, repeatability, standardization, etc. Now we focus on the organism metaphor
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Organizations as Organisms Internal differentiation and integration Multiple nested levels of complex systems The organism and its environment Complexity and adaptation
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Organizations as Open Systems “Organizations, like organisms, are ‘open’ to their environment and must achieve an appropriate relation with that environment if they are to survive.” (Morgan, p. 38)
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Biology Source of ideas for thinking about an organization A kind of organizational theory Molecules = ? Cells = ? Complex organisms = ? Species = ? Ecosystem = ?
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Organisms in their Environments Different kinds of organisms live in different places Organisms adapt to their environments Or they don’t survive Stable contexts lead to stable organizations that can be ‘rationalized’ Basis of mechanistic approach to management Survival of the fittest Those organisms that are best adapted to the environment will be more successful in the competition for resources
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Organisms in their Environments What kind of changes to the environment matter to organizations?
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