A Theory of the Collective Agency

50 Pages Posted: 25 Feb 2014 Last revised: 5 Mar 2014

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Maurice Yolles

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

Gerhard Fink

Dept of International Business and Trade

B. Roy Frieden

University of Arizona - College of Optical Sciences

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Date Written: February 2014

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Yolles, Maurice and Fink, Gerhard and Frieden, B. Roy, A Theory of the Collective Agency (February 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2400337 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2400337

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

Gerhard Fink

Dept of International Business and Trade ( email )

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Wien, 1020
Austria
+43/1/313364331 (Phone)

B. Roy Frieden

University of Arizona - College of Optical Sciences ( email )

1630 E. University Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85721
United States

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