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Intelligent Organizations: An Integrative Framework

abstract The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate how cybernetic theories open new paths towards organizational intelligence. This is illustrated by means of three theoretical models from organizational cybernetics. These models are integrated into a framework for a virtuous design, (self-)control and (self-)transformation of organizations. It is proposed that changes in activities, structure and behaviour—three of the dimensions of this framework—have to be synchronized among one another, and aligned with a fourth dimension: fundamental parameters such as organizational identity, ethos and vision. It is also claimed that a continued and integrative application of the models outlined can trace the path towards excelling organizational intelligence more effectively than merely punctual uses of one or more of them.
   
type journal paper
   
keywords Integrative Management, Organizational Intelligence, Intelligent Organizations, Coping with Complexity, Management of Complexity, Systemic Management
   
language English
kind of paper journal article
date of appearance 1-3-2001
journal Systems Research and Behavioral Science
publisher Wiley-Blackwell (Chichester)
ISSN 1092-7026
ISSN (online) 1099-1743
volume of journal 18
number of issue 2
page(s) 137-158
review not reviewed
   
citation Schwaninger, M. (2001). Intelligent Organizations: An Integrative Framework. Systems Research and Behavioral Science, 18(2), 137-158.