A Yin-Yang Theory of the Collective Agency
50 Pages Posted: 17 Dec 2010 Last revised: 21 Mar 2011
Date Written: December 14, 2010
Stating from a generic model of the organisation, agency theory is linked to trait theory within the context of the personality of the collective. Collective agency is a cybernetic socio-cognitive theory that centres on personality in which formative traits play a major role. Personality traits create agency temperament, and orientation traits define an agent’s cultural and social tendencies. The traits take preferred values that define the agency type profile and temperament. Trait dynamics are explored, and explanation is provided about how a personality type profile develops. Under normal conditions of homeostatic equilibrium an agency maintains a stable type profile connected with patterns of behaviour, its behaviour is predictable. However, its immanent dynamics provide a potential for personality change. In post-normal conditions with the loss of equilibrium, the agency may lose its type profile stability. Using information theory, a formal yin-yang theory of the agency is developed that explains how type profiles can be predicted in post-normal conditions.
Keywords: Generic Organisational Model, Emergent Normative Personality, Collective Agency, Temperament, patterns of Behaviour, Changing Contexts, Information Theory
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