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A Cognitive Approach to Organizational Complexity

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  • Guido Fioretti

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    (University of Siena)

  • Bauke Visser

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    (Faculty of Economics, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam)

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Organizational theory has construed complexity as an objective characteristic of either the structure or the behaviour of an organization. We argue that to further our understanding it should be understood in terms of human cognition of a structure or behavior. This cognitive twist is illustrated using two theoretical approaches, whose relationship is discussed.

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Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 04-033/1.

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Date of creation: 23 Mar 2004
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:uvatin:20040033

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Keywords: Organizational Complexity; Cognition; Structure; Behaviour;

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  1. G. Fioretti, 1996. "A Concept of Complexity for the Social Sciences," Working Papers wp96144, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.
  2. B. Visser, 2002. "Complexity, Robustness, and Performance," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 02-048/1, Tinbergen Institute.
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Cited by:
  1. Ioannides, Yannis M., 2012. "Complexity and organizational architecture," Mathematical Social Sciences, Elsevier, vol. 64(2), pages 193-202.
  2. Guido Fioretti, 2005. "Credit Rationing and Internal Ratings in the face of Innovation and Uncertainty," Finance 0504021, EconWPA.

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