This Shift from bits to bits of meaning has real implication for the student of processes in working groups. Now it becomes impor tant which bit is lost; redundance is not as crucial, and is not necessarily equally weighted among messages. Accumulated infor mation, a priori knowledge, and readiness to respond assume different values. In a sense, the problem reappears in Whyte's analysis of interaction. If interaction-analysis is limited to Observing and count ing interaction, it is parallel to the Symbol transmission problem of telecommunication-type information theory. Whyte goes on to ask that purpose, in?uence, and the consequences of interaction be in cluded in the Observation. The simple who talks to whom? Oh servation has been useful in determining certain aspects of organiza tional structure. The expanded analysis - parallel to a semantic in formation theory - would take interaction well into behavior processes in organizations.
Dubin also Spends a good deal of time on information linkages in organizations. In treating stabilities in structures, the linkage system is one of'two basic classes of factors he treats. Cartwright's presentation of a sketch of the application of graph theory to these problems adds greatly both to the elegance and generality of the treatment. In a problem so central to organization structure as linkages, the power of a relatively well-worked-out model for analysis seems considerable.
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Publisher - Forgotten Books
Language - English
Author(s) - Mason Haire
Published Date - August 26 2019
ISBN - 9780266524199
Dimesions - 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.1 cm
Page Count - 334
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