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Lost in Transition? Complexity in Organisational Behaviour ?the Contributions of Systems Theories

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  • Guido Strunk

    () (Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (WU Wien), Interdisciplinary Department of Management and Organisational Behaviour)

  • Michael Schiffinger

    () (Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (WU Wien), Interdisciplinary Department of Management and Organisational Behaviour)

  • Wolfgang Mayrhofer

    () (Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (WU Wien), Interdisciplinary Department of Management and Organisational Behaviour)

Abstract

The article demonstrates the usefulness of concepts and methods from systems theories for Organisational Behaviour (OB). Diagnosing development areas in OB, especially the analysis of whole systems and the degree of operationalisation and formalisation of core constructs and assumptions, the article uses the complexity hypothesis in career research to illustrate the opportunities and limitations of concepts and methods from systems theories. Finally, the consequences of such an approach for OB are discussed.

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  • Guido Strunk & Michael Schiffinger & Wolfgang Mayrhofer, 2004. "Lost in Transition? Complexity in Organisational Behaviour ?the Contributions of Systems Theories," management revue. Socio-economic Studies, Rainer Hampp Verlag, vol. 15(4), pages 481-509.
  • Handle: RePEc:rai:mamere:1861-9908_mrev_2004_04_strunk
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    Keywords

    Nonlinear Systems; Synergetics; Research Methods; Career Research;

    JEL classification:

    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • J53 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Labor-Management Relations; Industrial Jurisprudence
    • M10 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - General

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