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Autopoietic Knowledge Systems in Project-Based Companies by K. Koskinen

By K. Koskinen

This e-book supplies an alternate observational scheme to raised comprehend wisdom construction and studying in project-based companies. It builds upon emergent new methods of taking a look at tasks that is very important - as any self-discipline remains alive via mirrored image and re-framing rules as they're challenged, argued and clarified.

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Besides this, system dynamics has been used to investigate resource dependencies, and the resulting problems in product development projects (cf. Repenning, 1999, 2001). Company as a system According to Mitleton-Kelly (2003), organizations like companies are, by their very nature, complex evolving systems and need to be considered as such for two reasons. First, the characteristics of complexity cannot be mapped directly from other scientific domains into the social domain because humans have volition that generates behaviours that differ from the predictable behaviours of other objects of scientific research.

This may lead to confusion with the terms positive and negative reinforcement, which both refer to something that increases the likelihood of the behaviour. Further, there are some subtle points relating to feedback loops. Balancing loops are sometimes prone to hunting, which is an oscillation caused by excessive or delayed goal-seeking, resulting in overcorrection. Self-reinforcing loops are often a part of a larger balancing loop, especially in biological systems such as regulatory circuits. To summarize, the principle of feedback seems to be so simple, so ubiquitous, that people take it for granted.

24 Autopoietic Knowledge Systems in Project-Based Companies To summarize, any system falls into one of two basic categories: open or closed. An open system accepts inputs from its environment, acts on the inputs to create outputs, and releases the outputs to its environment. In contrast, a closed system is isolated and hermetic; an experimental, sterile chemistry lab would be an example. Virtually every system within which people operate is an open system, although some are more open than others.

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