Simon on Problem-Solving: Implications for New Organizational Forms
SMG Working Paper No. 8/2005
35 Pages Posted: 23 Apr 2007
Date Written: October 2005
Two of Herbert Simon's best-known papers are "The Architecture of Complexity" and "The Structure of Ill-Structured Problems." We discuss the neglected links between these two papers, highlighting the role of decomposition in the context of problems on which constraints have been imposed as a general approach to problem solving. We apply these Simonian ideas to organizational issues, specifically new organizational forms. Specifically, Simonian ideas allow us to develop a morphology of new organizational forms and to point to some design problems that characterize these forms.
Keywords: Herbert Simon, problem-solving, new organizational forms
JEL Classification: D23, D83
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