A Cognitive Approach to Organizational Complexity

Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper No. TI 2004-033/1

34 Pages Posted: 5 Apr 2004

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Guido Fioretti

Complex Systems Centre, University of Siena; International Centre for Economic Research (ICER)

Bauke Visser

Erasmus University Rotterdam - Department of Economics; Tinbergen Institute Rotterdam (TIR)

Date Written: February 24, 2004

Abstract

Organizational theory has construed complexity as an objective characteristic of either the structure or the behaviour of an organization. We argue that to further our understanding it should be understood in terms of human cognition of a structure or behavior. This cognitive twist is illustrated using two theoretical approaches, whose relationship is discussed.

Keywords: Organizational complexity, cognition, structure, behaviour

JEL Classification: D23, M1

Suggested Citation

Fioretti, Guido and Visser, Bauke, A Cognitive Approach to Organizational Complexity (February 24, 2004). Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper No. TI 2004-033/1, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=524702 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.524702

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