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The Sociological Theory of Crozier and Friedberg on Organized Action Seen Through a Simulation Model

Camilo Olaya & Michael Ruess

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abstract The paper shows certain dynamics aspects of competition among firms, particularly in the biotechnology sector, using innovation networks in accordance with the sociological theory of organized action of Michel Crozier and Erhard Friedberg. Firstly it provides an overview of relevant literature on innovation and biotechnology firms. It also reviews briefly the mentioned theory which is represented in a simple System Dynamics simulation model. The sociological concepts of actor, game, and system, are examined through the lenses of the model. Basically, the model provides a ground in order to discuss, develop and test particular theoretical statements of Crozier and Friedberg and the implications of their assumptions that are not intuitively obvious. The match between these two different approaches shows a way to bridge scientific disciplines that maybe are not far away one from each other.
   
type journal paper
   
keywords Crozier, Friedberg, System Dynamics, Innovation Networks, Simulation, Sociology.
   
language English
kind of paper journal article
date of appearance 2004
journal InterJournal of Complex Systems
publisher New England Complex Systems Institute (Cambridge, MA, USA.)
ISSN (online) 1081-0625
number of issue CX.4 Human Systems - 1469
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citation Olaya, C., & Ruess, M. (2004). The Sociological Theory of Crozier and Friedberg on Organized Action Seen Through a Simulation Model. InterJournal of Complex Systems(CX.4 Human Systems - 1469).