Organisational dynamics, social norms and information systems


Stamper, Ronald and Liu, Kecheng (1994) Organisational dynamics, social norms and information systems. In: Twenty-Seventh Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 1994, January 4-7, 1994, Maui, Hawaii (pp. pp. 645-654).

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Abstract:An organisation is defined as a system of social norms. The concept of a norm is the social analogue of the concept of an affordance which Gibson (1968) introduced to account for perception of the physical world. Their conjunction is a logic of Norms and Affordances, Norma, which serves as a meta-model for dynamic organisational systems. All elements in a Norma model have bounded periods of existence. All the dynamics are specified by the authorities governing these bounds. A system to implement Norma has been constructed, called a `Normbase' handles time intrinsically to achieve a huge reduction in the complexity of a specification. The Normbase allows a system to be prototyped dynamically, as the specification evolves. These methods have been used with great success in reducing implementation and maintenance costs
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