Autopoiesis in Organization Theory and Practice (Advanced by Rodrigo Magalhaes

By Rodrigo Magalhaes

"Autopoiesis in association concept and perform" considers the potential for autopoiesis conception to supply a brand new unifying framework for the learn of organisations as structures and of organizational phenomena as emergent phenomena. The papers during this quantity combine open platforms concept with the pioneering paintings of Maturana and Varela (1980, 1992) on autopoiesis in organic structures. Viewing businesses as dwelling platforms opens a robust new viewpoint for describing, explaining, or even predicting organizational phenomena around the complete spectrum of corporations and environments, from solid to hugely dynamic. This selection of papers brings into concentration either the nice capability and the $64000 demanding situations dealing with organizational thinkers in development new association concept and deriving new ideas for administration perform in line with autopoiesis idea. the themes contain the basic positive aspects of autopoiesis concept, the major conceptual matters surrounding using autopoiesis options in representing and studying companies as residing structures, and the sensible functions of autopoiesis concept in designing agencies and dealing with organizational techniques.

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47). At this point in time, to all intents and purposes objects and entities become ‘‘in-themselves,’’ which — of course — is how we tend to live them. Once objects have arisen, other developments are possible. We can make distinctions of distinctions and this allows abstract concepts to arise. Meaning then arises as patterns of relationships among descriptions. And once we have objects, we can carry out the operation that allows us to refer to ourselves. Thus, we can become self-aware and self-conscious.

Because every man is a biped, fifty men are not a centipede,’’ says G. K. Chesterton (1910) ironically in his essay against the medical fallacy. Doctors may disagree on the diagnosis of an illness, he says, but they know what is the state they are trying to restore: that of a healthy organism (implying, admittedly, a rather unproblematic concept of health). In social systems, a ‘‘social illness’’ confronts us with precisely the opposite situation: the disagreement is about what the healthy state should be.

Further recursions of this basic coordination of actions result in language becoming increasingly complex and sophisticated, especially, as I have just said, in organisms such as human beings that are endowed with a sophisticated nervous system. Here, in networks of structural coupling, human beings use words as linguistic distinctions to coordinate actions. Through this process objects become tokens for highly specific behavioral coordinations. In his classes and public seminars, Maturana uses a number of examples to illustrate this process.

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