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Toward Formal Representations of Search Processes and Routines in Organizational Problem Solving: An Assessment of the State-of-the-Art

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Authors
Dosi, Giovanni; Faillo, Marco; Marengo, Luigi; Moschella, Daniele
Issue Date
2011-07
Publisher
Institute of Economic Research, Seoul National University
Citation
Seoul Journal of Economics, Vol.24 No.3, pp. 247-286
Keywords
Information processingProblem-solvingOrganizational learningRoutines
Abstract
This paper presents a critical overview of some recent attempts at

building formal models of organizations as information-processing

and problem-solving entities. We distinguish between two classes of

models according to two distinct objects of analysis. The first class

includes models mainly addressing information processing and learning;

the second class includes models focusing upon the relationship

between the division of cognitive labor and search process in some

problem-solving space. The results begin to highlight important comparative

properties regarding the impact on problem-solving efficiency

and learning of different forms of hierarchical governance, the dangers

of lock-in associated with specific forms of adaptive learning,

the relative role of online vs. offline learning, the impact of the

cognitive maps which organizations embody, the possible trade-offs

between accuracy and speed of convergence associated with different

decomposition schemes, the (ambiguous) role of organizational memory

in changing environments.
ISSN
1225-0279
Language
English
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/74497
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College of Social Sciences (사회과학대학)Institute of Economics Research (경제연구소)Seoul Journal of EconomicsSeoul Journal of Economics vol.24 no.1~4 (2011)
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