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On the Design of Complex Organizations and Distributive Algorithms

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  • Saari, Donald G.

    (Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois)

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To efficiently realize a specified goal in a distributive fashion, there needs to be an appropriate "division of labor." This is true for distributive algorithms that take advantage of the concurrent features of the new generation of computers. This is true in the design of a complex organization intended to realize a specified goa1. The problem is to determine what the appropriate division of labor is. Here, a geometric characterization of all possible divisions of labor, or communication networks, is given. It is illustrated how this characterization can be used to design the communication networks.

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  • Saari, Donald G., 1989. "On the Design of Complex Organizations and Distributive Algorithms," Working Paper Series 232, Research Institute of Industrial Economics.
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    1. Eliasson, Gunnar, 1989. "The Economics of Coordination, Innovation, Selection and Learning: A Theoretical Framework for Research in Industrial Economics," Working Paper Series 235, Research Institute of Industrial Economics.

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    Keywords

    Distributive algorithm; division of labour; communication networks;

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    • C02 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - General - - - Mathematical Economics

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