Simon on problem solving: Implications for new organisational forms

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review


    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 organisational issues, specifically new organisational forms. Specifically, Simonian ideas allow us to develop a morphology of new organisational forms and to point to some design problems that characterise these forms.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalInternational Journal of Learning and Intellectual Capital
    Issue number4
    Pages (from-to)339-356
    Number of pages18
    Publication statusPublished - 2006


    • Herbert Simon
    • Problem solving
    • Organisational form
    • Design problems
    • Complexity

    Cite this