Reblog:: organizations as complex systems


A system is composed of regularly interacting or interdependent groups of activities that form a whole. A change in one aspect can affect change in other aspects.
Organizations are dynamic, living entities that have been put together to accomplish some type of purpose — they are goal oriented. The number and variety of parts to an organization can be truly astonishing. In an attempt to provide order, the organization establishes many of the rules, roles, and behaviours that individuals will and should follow to maintain their organizations. To a large extent, individuals and groups determine the development of an organization. An organization’s structure, tasks, and methods evolve out of the history of the organization’s transactions with its changing members and environment.

Applied Organizational Communication: Theory and Practice in a Global Environment
By Thomas E. Harris, Thomas E. Harris (Ph. D.), Mark D. Nelson

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