Organizational Information Theory

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Objectives: Organizational Information Objectives: Organizational Information Theory (OIT) Theory (OIT) Goal of OIT Theoretical influences on OIT Assumptions of OIT OIT’s key concepts Principles of equivocality Reducing equivocality Evaluation of OIT How does OIT define communication? What are OIT’s meta-theoretical assumptions
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Goal of OIT Goal of OIT To describe how organizations collect, manage, and use the information that they receive. Karl Weick (1969, 1995) The Social Psychology of Organizing
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Focus of OIT Focus of OIT The process organizational members go through to understand the information they receive every day Communication is essential to organizational success People are instrumental in the creation and maintenance of message meaning
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Theoretical Influences on OIT Theoretical Influences on OIT General Systems Theory (Bertalanffy, 1968) The interrelationship among organizational units Feedback (Feedback Cycles) Theory of Socio-cultural Evolution (Darwin, 1948) “Survival of the fittest” Adaptable organizations will survive Ability to process information to meet goals
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