Modelling Pathologies in Social Collectives

European J. International Management, Vol. 1, No.1/2, 2007

23 Pages Posted: 19 Mar 2009 Last revised: 25 Mar 2009

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Maurice Yolles

John Moores University - Centre for the Creation of Coherent Change and Knowledge (C4K)

Date Written: 2007

Abstract

As social collectives operate through more complexity their coherence suffers and their pathologies become more apparent. Generic modelling of pathologies will be explored in terms of the knowledge cybernetics schema. Two models will develop, one which is transitive in nature and the other lateral. The transitive model distinguishes between different realities in autonomous collectives, and an example is the distinction between thinking and doing. The lateral model distinguishes between different states of being within the same reality. Examples of a lateral schema is the distinction between two competing corporate agents in a given frame of reference seeking the same observable good (e.g., market share), and the more coded example of the interaction between the ideology and ethics of social collectives that affect both the autopathic (endogenous) and sociopathic (exogenous) nature of the pathologies of collectives.

Keywords: Social collectives, complexity, coherence, pathologies, knowledge cybernetics schema, ideology; ethics; autopathology, sociopathology

Suggested Citation

Yolles, Maurice, Modelling Pathologies in Social Collectives (2007). European J. International Management, Vol. 1, No.1/2, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1364476 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1364476

Maurice Yolles (Contact Author)

John Moores University - Centre for the Creation of Coherent Change and Knowledge (C4K) ( email )

Liverpool John Moores University
Liverpool
United Kingdom

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