Organizations as technorganic symbiotic systems

Mario G. Beruvides, Ana Maria Canto

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Abstract

Today's organizations are a composite of living (human resources) and non living technical components. For many years organizations, specifically business organizations, have been studied and managed as if they were either mechanical entities void of any other social system (the mechanistic or "Tayloristic" view of organizations), or as purely biological entities (the organic view of organizations). Some may claim there is a third view, the cybernetic organization in which information flow in the several components. There exists yet another view, that of the organization as a technorganic symbiotic system. An exact description of organizations is hard to obtain given there is no model that fully explains the complex nature of social systems and their behavior either as purely mechanical (technological) or purely organic systems. Thus current mental models for organizations prevent us from better predicting the behavior and performance of organizations. This paper describes the technorganic symbiotic interaction existing between the living and non-living components of an organization. A preliminary analysis and future research implications are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages544-548
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2007
Event28th Annual National Conference of the American Society for Engineering Management 2007 - Innovation Management: Innovation in a Flattened World, ASEM 2007 - Chattanooga, TN, United States
Duration: Nov 7 2007Nov 10 2007

Conference

Conference28th Annual National Conference of the American Society for Engineering Management 2007 - Innovation Management: Innovation in a Flattened World, ASEM 2007
CountryUnited States
CityChattanooga, TN
Period11/7/0711/10/07

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    Beruvides, M. G., & Canto, A. M. (2007). Organizations as technorganic symbiotic systems. 544-548. Paper presented at 28th Annual National Conference of the American Society for Engineering Management 2007 - Innovation Management: Innovation in a Flattened World, ASEM 2007, Chattanooga, TN, United States.