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

By K. Koskinen

This ebook supplies an alternate observational scheme to higher comprehend wisdom construction and studying in project-based companies. It builds upon emergent new methods of taking a look at tasks that is vital - as any self-discipline remains alive by way of mirrored image and re-framing principles as they're challenged, argued and clarified.

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Complexity theorists tend to use advanced mathematical techniques to analyse complex phenomena and to infer underlying relationships between system elements that are capable of exhibiting ‘quasi-stable’ behaviour. Systemic View and Systems Thinking 19 According to Mitleton-Kelly (2003), theories of complexity provide a conceptual framework, a way of thinking, and a way of seeing the world, but there is no single unified theory of complexity. Instead, there are several versions of complexity that arise from various natural sciences such as biology, chemistry, and physics.

Although certain basic approaches have been identified as facilitating self-organization (Holland, 1995) they do not fully address the interconnectedness that impacts on an organization’s capability to evolve and to create and utilize knowledge. Equifinality is an important characteristic of social systems. In physical systems there is a direct cause-and-effect relationship between the initial conditions and the final state. However, biological and social systems operate differently. The concept of equifinality says that final results may be achieved with different initial conditions and in different ways.

In other words, the product of an autopoietic system is the system itself, it maintains its own identity under a continuing turnover of its concrete components. A system, which only produces something other than itself, is an allopoietic system. In other words, an allopoietic system produces components which do not participate in its constitution as an autonomous unity. Even if a system is capable of producing an exact replica of itself, a clone, it has produced something other than itself and has thus remained allopoietic.

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