Memorization Processes in Hierarchical Organizations

A Systems Perspective versus the Bureaucracy Pattern
  • H. Dragomirescu


The amount of knowledge currently available on how organisations memorise could be assessed as being particularly scarce. However, since it was argued that organisations make use of their memory by acting (Nelson and Winter, 1987), there are reasons to assume that getting organisational memorisation process explained could bring about substantially new and meaningful insights as to interpreting the actual organisational functioning patterns. In such a reasoning line, two alternative ways of representing memorisation processes that take place in today’s widely spread hierarchical-type organisations are briefly discussed in this paper: The first one is grounded on the traditional, positivist organisational paradigm, the limits of which are highlighted, while the second one pertains to a systems approach. The point to be made is that it is the systems approach that provides a valid interpretation of the memorisation processes taking place within hierarchical organisations thus specific arguments being brought about to support the legitimacy of adopting this approach in both organisational theory and practice.


Memorisation Process Hierarchical Organisation Organisational Memorisation Bureaucratic Organisation Contemporary Organisation 
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  • H. Dragomirescu
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  1. 1.Academy of Economic StudiesBucharestRomania

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