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Using Structural Coupling Approach for Defining and Maintaining Identity of an Educational Institution. Experience Report
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
2018 (English)In: 4th International Workshop on Socio-Technical Perspective in IS development (STPIS'18): Proceedings / [ed] Stewart Kowalski, Peter Bednar, Ilia Bider, CEUR-WS.org , 2018, p. 24-39Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper presents an ongoing study on defining and maintaining organizational identity of an institution of higher education, such as a department or school. The theoretical background used in the study is the concept of structural coupling that comes from biological cybernetics. The study concerns the authors own department. The paper presents proposals of to which elements of the environment such an institution is structurally coupled and how the identity maintenance is arranged. The paper provides examples of how maintaining identity works or not works in practice based on reflections on the authors' experience of working in their own department. It also shows that maintaining identity may requires changes in different components of the socio-technical system, e.g. methods, people, technology.

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CEUR-WS.org , 2018. p. 24-39
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CEUR Workshop Proceedings, E-ISSN 1613-0073 ; 2107
Keywords [en]
Strategy, policy, organizational identity, viable system model, VSM, structural coupling, socio-technical
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Information Systems
Research subject
Computer and Systems Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-163227OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-163227DiVA, id: diva2:1271978
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4th Workshop on Socio-Technical Perspective in IS development (STPIS'18), Tallinn, Estonia, June 12, 2018
Available from: 2018-12-18 Created: 2018-12-18 Last updated: 2019-01-02Bibliographically approved

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