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Cognition, Redundancy, and Learning in Organizations


  • Richard Langlois

    (University of Connecticut)

  • Pierre Garrouste

    (Universite Lumiere/Lyon)


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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  • Richard Langlois & Pierre Garrouste, 1996. "Cognition, Redundancy, and Learning in Organizations," Working papers 1996-10, University of Connecticut, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:uct:uconnp:1996-10

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    1. Garrouste, Pierre & Saussier, Stephane, 2005. "Looking for a theory of the firm: Future challenges," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 58(2), pages 178-199, October.
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    4. Pierre Garrouste, 2001. "Learning in economics: the Austrian insights," ICER Working Papers 25-2001, ICER - International Centre for Economic Research.
    5. David Cayla, 2008. "Learning, Rationality and Identity Building," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) halshs-00340832, HAL.

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