The Structure of Problem-Solving Knowledge and the Structure of Organizations

Posted: 29 Mar 2001

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Luigi Marengo

University of Trento - Department of Economics and Management; University of Teramo - Faculty of Law

Giovanni Dosi

Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna di Pisa - Laboratory of Economics and Management (LEM)

P. Legrenzi

Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca - Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Economics, Psychology & Social Sciences (CISEPS)

C. Pasquali

University of Trento - Department of Economics and Management

Abstract

This work presents a rather general model of organizational problem-solving able to account for the relationships between problem complexity, decentralization of tasks and problem-solving efficiency. Whenever problem-solving requires the coordination of a multiplicity of interdependent elements, the varying degrees of decentralization of cognitive and operational tasks shape the solutions which can be generated, tested and selected. Suboptimality and path-dependence are shown to be ubiquitous features of organizational problem-solving. At the same time, the model allows a precise exploration of the possible trade-offs between decomposition patterns and search efficiency involved in different organizational architectures.

Suggested Citation

Marengo, Luigi and Dosi, Giovanni and Legrenzi, P. and Pasquali, C., The Structure of Problem-Solving Knowledge and the Structure of Organizations. Industrial and Corporate Change, Vol. 9, Iss. 4, December 2000, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=256611

Luigi Marengo (Contact Author)

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University of Teramo - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Giovanni Dosi

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P. Legrenzi

Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca - Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Economics, Psychology & Social Sciences (CISEPS) ( email )

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Milano, 20126
Italy

C. Pasquali

University of Trento - Department of Economics and Management

Via Inama 5
Trento, I-38100
Italy

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