Simon on Problem-Solving: Implications for New Organizational Forms

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    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 Code: D23, D83
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationFrederiksberg
    PublisherCenter for Strategic Management and Globalization
    Number of pages35
    ISBN (Print)8791815096
    Publication statusPublished - 2005
    SeriesSMG Working Paper
    Number8/2005

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    Foss, K., & Foss, N. J. (2005). Simon on Problem-Solving: Implications for New Organizational Forms. Center for Strategic Management and Globalization . SMG Working Paper, No. 8/2005