Knowledge, learning, and memory are major concepts in management science and organization theory. First and foremost, they are attributed to individuals rather than organizations.
Steffen Blaschke reconsiders the three major concepts in the light of social systems theory. He complements autopoietic organization theory with a clear-cut distinction between individual and organizational knowledge, learning, and memory. Following suit of agent-based modelling, he provides an operationalization of autopoietic organization theory in terms of computational simulation. The author subjects organizational structures and dynamics to a range of simulation scenarios, thereby questioning the effects of work groups and communities of practice as well as personnel turnover and layoff on knowledge, learning, and memory.
Autopoiesis Organization Theory Organizational Learning Simulation Systema Theory organization organizations social systems
About the authors
Dr. Steffen Blaschke promovierte bei Prof. Dr. Paul Alpar am Institut für Wirtschaftsinformatik der Philipps-Universität Marburg. Derzeit ist er als Postdoktorand an der Forschungsstelle für Neue Kommunikationsmedien der Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg tätig.
Book TitleStructures and Dynamics of Autopoietic Organizations