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Emerging Autopoietic Communities – Scalability of Knowledge Transfer in Complex Systems


Susu Nousala


Aalto University; University of Melbourne

William P. Hall


University of Melbourne - Melbourne School of Engineering; Kororoit Institute

October 18, 2008

IFIP International Workshop on Distributed Knowledge Management, 2008

Abstract:     
Knowledge-based communities are important but poorly understood systems for helping enterprises maintain their organizational integrity and address organizational imperatives. Based on an autopoietic theory of organization, we examine the emergence and development of knowledge-based communities at different scales up to large distributed enterprises and industry clusters. Knowledge-based communities are highly complex systems that evolve and mature through the phased emergence of new features and capabilities. Development and support of successfully sustainable communities needs to be based on a better understanding of how these features and capabilities emerge. To comprehend the impact of emergent behavior within and beyond organizational communities requires an understanding of the social or sociological aspects of a system in relation to the explicit formal/physical structures in the organization.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 8

Keywords: Organization Theory, Autopoiesis, Community of Practice, Knowledge Management, Complexity, Emergence

JEL Classification: D21, D70, D83, J24, L15, M12, M14, M54, O31, O32

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Date posted: February 13, 2011 ; Last revised: December 1, 2011

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Nousala, Susu and Hall, William P., Emerging Autopoietic Communities – Scalability of Knowledge Transfer in Complex Systems (October 18, 2008). IFIP International Workshop on Distributed Knowledge Management, 2008. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1760585

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Susu Nousala (Contact Author)
Aalto University ( email )
P.O. Box 21210
Aalto, FI-00076
Finland
University of Melbourne ( email )
Parkville
Melbourne, 3000
Australia
William P. Hall
University of Melbourne - Melbourne School of Engineering ( email )
Melbourne, Victoria 3010
Australia
HOME PAGE: http://www.orgs-evolution-knowledge.net
Kororoit Institute ( email )
127 Power Street
St Albans, Vic. 3021
Australia
HOME PAGE: http://kororoit.org
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