Simon on Problem-Solving: Implications for New Organizational Forms

SMG Working Paper No. 8/2005

35 Pages Posted: 23 Apr 2007

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Kirsten Foss

Copenhagen Business School - Department of Industrial Economics & Strategy (IVS)

Nicolai J. Foss

Copenhagen Business School - Department of Strategy and Innovation

Date Written: October 2005

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Foss, Kirsten and Foss, Nicolai J., Simon on Problem-Solving: Implications for New Organizational Forms (October 2005). SMG Working Paper No. 8/2005, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=982084 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.982084

Kirsten Foss (Contact Author)

Copenhagen Business School - Department of Industrial Economics & Strategy (IVS) ( email )

Howitzvej 60, 6
Frederiksberg, DK-2000
Denmark

Nicolai J. Foss

Copenhagen Business School - Department of Strategy and Innovation ( email )

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Frederiksberg, 2000
Denmark

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