Is it alive? LO16634

Gray Southon (
Wed, 21 Jan 1998 20:58:40 +1100

Replying to LO16615 --

Is organisation machine, organism - or society?

The debate on analogues, whether mechanistic or organic, seem to miss out
on an important dimension, and that is the social aspect of organisations.
Organistions are collections of people, each with their own intelligence
and interests, but also with collective intelligence and interests. While
analogies to machines, and organisms to have relevance, I suggest that the
social dimension must be involved.


Gray Southon

Gray Southon
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