The Changing Organisation: An Agency Modelling Approach

Int. J. Markets and Business Systems, Vol. 1, No. 3, 2015

27 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2016

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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

Date Written: 2015

Abstract

Agency theory explores autonomous systems which have the capacity to develop their own patterns of behaviour and to change that behaviour, too. Change of an agency emerges from the immanent dynamics of its own internal processes, and as responsive change from interaction with other agencies in its environment. In this paper, we deal with the cybernetic foundations of agency theory and generic system hierarchies into which agencies are nested. The modelling exercise begins with the instrumental agency, and is stepwise extended into higher cybernetic orders: the cognitive-affective agency, the defining socio-cultural agency, and finally to superstructure modelling. Agency dynamics is explored through elaboration on internal (immanent) dynamics which may consequently lead to paradigm change.

Keywords: agency theory; complexity; change; superstructure; substructure; dynamics

Suggested Citation

Yolles, Maurice and Fink, Gerhard, The Changing Organisation: An Agency Modelling Approach (2015). Int. J. Markets and Business Systems, Vol. 1, No. 3, 2015 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2822208

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 )

Welthandelsplatz 1, Building D1
Wien, 1020
Austria
+43/1/313364331 (Phone)

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