Heterophony and the Postponed Organization Organizing autopoietic systems

Niels Åkerstrøm Andersen, Asmund W. Born

Abstract


Organisational systems communicate and create themselves through decisions and therefore consist of nothing but premises for decision making (Luhmann 1993, Seidl & Becker 2006). Organisations are founded on principles of exclusion: Everybody is excluded from organisational communication except those who are members of the organisation i.e. who are included in the decision-making (Luhmann 1982, 1994, 2003, Andersen 2003b). Membership limitation, without subscribing to a rigid definition of membership, is therefore central to the autopoiesis of organisation.

Keywords


COMMUNICATION in organizations; DECISION making; MEMBERSHIP; CORPORATE culture; AUTOPOIESIS

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