Learning Organizations and the Paradigm of Complexity:  the Work Design Approach Department of Production Engineering, Uni...
Objectives of this paper <ul><li>The objective of this paper is presents a novel framework for organizational design and m...
Issues <ul><ul><li>Complexity Theory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Complexity Theory applied to Organizational and Management...
Complexity Theory <ul><li>The complexity of Complexity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>From Latin Complexus : to embrace </li></ul><...
Complexity Theory applied to Organizational and Management Studies   <ul><li>Three Levels   </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Linear, ...
Complexity Research applied to Organizational Studies Relationships Interdependent Processes <ul><li>Aggregate or Relation...
Learning Organization Concept   <ul><li>became a classic subject in the Theory of the Organizations from the ends of the 7...
How does complexity approach allow a better understand of Learning Organization? <ul><li>L.O. can be conceived as a comple...
The Changing World of Work <ul><li>The work system is not a linear system   </li></ul><ul><li>it is a dynamic decision mak...
The Changing World of Work <ul><li>Complexity gives a base to understand human factors in organizations  </li></ul><ul><li...
 
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Learning Organizations and the Paradigm of Complexity: the Work Design Approach - Paper presented - ODAM 2005 Dudziak, Sznelwar, Plonski. The objective of this paper is presents a novel framework for organizational design and management based on complexity theory

In particular, it discusses how the work system design in learning organization can be conceived, as a human process, according to a complex perspective.

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  1. 1. Learning Organizations and the Paradigm of Complexity: the Work Design Approach Department of Production Engineering, University of Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil ODAM 2005 Elisabeth Dudziak Laerte Sznelwar Guilherme Plonski
  2. 2. Objectives of this paper <ul><li>The objective of this paper is presents a novel framework for organizational design and management based on complexity theory </li></ul><ul><li>In particular, it discusses how the work system design in learning organization can be conceived, as a human process, according to a complex perspective </li></ul>
  3. 3. Issues <ul><ul><li>Complexity Theory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Complexity Theory applied to Organizational and Management Studies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning Organization Concept </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning Organization and the Complexity Approach </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Changing World of Work </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Complexity Theory <ul><li>The complexity of Complexity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>From Latin Complexus : to embrace </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Complexity origins </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cybernetic Studies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Leading pioneers in complexity include Prigogine and Stangers (1984), Maturana and Varela (1980), Kauffman (1993), Mandelbrot (1977), and Morin (1973). </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Complex Thinking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nonlinear dynamics systems </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Complexity Theory applied to Organizational and Management Studies <ul><li>Three Levels </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Linear, Mechanicist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sociotechnical System </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sociological System </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>non-linear dynamic system, with focus on relationships, interactions, learning, innovation and dialogic processes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Organization is self-organized, autonomous and self-sustainable </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Complexity Research applied to Organizational Studies Relationships Interdependent Processes <ul><li>Aggregate or Relational Complexity </li></ul>Chaos Theory Chaordic Organization Theory <ul><li>Deterministic Complexity </li></ul>Mathematical simulation <ul><li>Algorithm Complexity </li></ul>Characteristics Typology of Complexity
  7. 7. Learning Organization Concept <ul><li>became a classic subject in the Theory of the Organizations from the ends of the 70’ decade </li></ul><ul><li>conceptual discussions </li></ul><ul><li>Peter Senge (1999) and five disciplines </li></ul>
  8. 8. How does complexity approach allow a better understand of Learning Organization? <ul><li>L.O. can be conceived as a complex system of interaction among individuals, networks and organizations, according to an organic metaphor </li></ul>
  9. 9. The Changing World of Work <ul><li>The work system is not a linear system </li></ul><ul><li>it is a dynamic decision making based on a heuristic competence </li></ul><ul><li>Variations enrich the work </li></ul><ul><li>Self-directed learning and autonomy </li></ul><ul><li>Participatory ergonomics </li></ul><ul><li>Greater flexibility in working arrangements </li></ul>
  10. 10. The Changing World of Work <ul><li>Complexity gives a base to understand human factors in organizations </li></ul><ul><li>the work is conceived as a integrative and relational activity, </li></ul><ul><li>it is based on work contents and work interactions </li></ul>

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