CS 134 - Chapter 4 Notes

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Page 1 of 5 Com Studies 134 Chapter 4:  Organizational Communication: Systems Approaches Contents of Systems Theory Systems concepts: - components - processes - properties 3 Theoretical approaches: - cybernetics - Karl Weick’s theory of organizing - new science system Methods: - social network analysis - modeling techniques - case analysis System Theory 3 System Components Hierarchical ordering: complex set of interdependent parts that interact to adapt to a  constantly changing environment in order to achieve its goals Interdependence: parts or subsystems interact, such that each part affects and is affected  by the other parts Permeability: access of information and materials to move in and out. The system as a  whole is open to its environment, and the components within the system are open to each  other. System processes Input-throughput-output processes - take in elements (materials & information) from environment - uses and changes the elements in some way
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Page 2 of 5 - puts elements (products or solutions) into environment Two kinds of process: - exchange (input and output): process between the system and the environment
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