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A SYSTEMS SCIENCE OF NETWORKED ORGANIZATIONS


A doctoral study 20 years ago (Holonomy) revealed some basic metapatterns among the writings of the first generation of cross-disciplinary (physical/biological/human) system thinkers. Widely-recognized patterns in all complex systems included hierarchy, complementarity (duality), synergy (holism), and process. These metapatterns in turn provided a lens to observe a fundamental change occurring in human organizations-an emerging paradigm shift from hierarchy-bureaucracy to networks and virtual teams. This epochal shift is chronicled in six books over two decades. Now, at the dawn of the third millennium, human networks are not only emergent but ascendant as the signature form of organization of the Information Age, powered across the threshold of irreversible change by the Internet.rnPrinciples, frameworks, architectures, processes, and relationships-the strengths of systems thinking-reign supreme in the ephemeral 21st-century world of organizational and technological networks. Systems principles playing a key role in the practical expression of these newly connected ways of working are examined in this paper. Systems principles for network organizations will be described. A general model of networks-nodes, links, purpose, and time-is expanded as a 'Periodic Table of Network Elements' and applied to one type of human system, a virtual team. We then look at the powerful role of the hierarchy principle in managing complexity, including a re-telling of Simon's famous parable of the watchmakers. In the final section, we look at the core complementarity of our time, cooperation/competition, through the perspective of Rapoport's 'Tit-for-Tat' strategy.......

【作者名称】: Jeffrey Stamps, Jessica Lipnack
【作者单位】: NetAge, Inc. 505 Waltham Street West Newton, MA 02465 USA 617/965-3340, NetAge, Inc. 505 Waltham Street West Newton, MA 02465 USA 617/965-3340
【关 键 词】: systems, networks, social, virtual, principles
【会议名称】: Humanity, science, technology: the systemic foundations of the information age
【期刊论文数据库】: [DBS_Articles_01]
【期刊论文编号】: 100,828,250
【摘要长度】: 1,673
【会议地点】: Toronto(CA);Toronto(CA);Toronto(CA)
【会议组织】: NetAge, Inc. 505 Waltham Street West Newton, MA 02465 USA 617/965-3340;NetAge, Inc. 505 Waltham Street West Newton, MA 02465 USA 617/965-3340;
【会议时间】: 2000
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