Implications of Self -reference: Niklas Luhmann’s Autopoiesis and Organization Theory

Tor Hernes, Tore Bakken

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Abstrakt

This article reviews the potential of Niklas Luhmann’s autopoiesis as a contribution to organization theory. We consider organization theory to consist of three epistemological foundations, which we label equilibrium-based theory, process-based theory and recursivity-based theory. We review critically Luhmann’s autopoietic theory in relation to each of these three foundations. We suggest that whereas it deviates radically from equilibrium-based theory and deviates significantly from process-based theory, it holds potential in its complementarity with Giddens’s structuration theory in providing a promising basis for recursivity-based organization theory.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftOrganization Studies
Vol/bind24
Udgave nummer9
Sider (fra-til)1511-1535
Antal sider25
ISSN0170-8406
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2003
Udgivet eksterntJa

Emneord

  • Organization theory
  • Autopoiesis
  • Systems theory
  • Luhmann

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