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Cognition, Redundancy, And Learning In Organizations

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  • Richard Langlois
  • Pierre Garrouste

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What exactly does it mean for something to be an 'organization'? How do we know when something is organized? What exactly is organizational learning? We attempt to attack some of these questions by turning to cybernetics and the mathematical theory of information In the work of Atlan and von Foerster we find provocative attempts to describe the processes of self-organization in terms of such variables as redundancy and information content. Using the running example of a monastery library we attempt to explicate these approaches and connect them to economic concerns.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Economics of Innovation and New Technology.

Volume (Year): 4 (1997)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 287-300

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Keywords: organization; information theory; learning models; J.E.L. classifications: D83; D20; L23;

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  4. Cayla, David, 2008. "Learning, Rationality and Identity Building - From Simon To Varela," Economics Papers from University Paris Dauphine, Paris Dauphine University 123456789/5005, Paris Dauphine University.
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