Chapter 4 - Systems Theory

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COM250 Introduction to Organizational Communication Systems Approaches
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Systems Approaches Systems approach emerged in 1960’s and 1970’s. Followed developments in Changed metaphor of orgs. to system or organism Systems theory marks shift in org. research
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Systems Theory Ludwig von Bertalanffy’s influential General Systems Theory (1968) Key Components Hierarchical Ordering Interdependence Permeability Feedback
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Properties of Systems Essential Properties Holism – whole greater than sum of parts Equifinality – multiple paths to outcomes Entropy – negative deterioration Variety – matched complexity
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Cybernetic Systems Theory Norbert Wiener adapted
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Unformatted text preview: theory to organizations Cybernetics looked at interrelated components Feedback is a key concept Weick & Organizing Theory Landmark book The Social Psychology of Organizing (1979) Central concept is uncertainty reduction Organizations develop knowledge and deploy it to solve recurrent problems . New Science Systems Theory Most modern version of systems theory Focus is complexity and adaptive nature of system Key features: Openness Relationships Participation Studying Organizations Mathematical & Humanistic Approaches: Network & Modeling Case Study What are value (s) / benefit (s) of each type?...
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