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Cognitive Time Distortion on the Performance of Economic Organizations
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Business School.
2014 (English)In: Systems research and behavioral science, ISSN 1092-7026, E-ISSN 1099-1743, Vol. 31, no 1, 77-93 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper introduces a novel conception of an economic organization, where its Total Profit Equation accounts for the phenomenon of cognitive time distortionthis being understood as the discrepancy between physical and cognitive time. Cognitive time distortion is unconditionally inherent in all human beings and everything they do, and typically produces economic inefficiencies as well as human stress; all this may now be conceptualized, detected, and acted upon. The novel Total Profit Equation as introduced here, including its underlying Total Revenue Equation and the Total Cost Equation, echoes a call of the founders of Systems Sciences that non-trivial systems manifest several kinds of temporal experiences. This call has largely been ignored by the various disciplines that study organizations and their management, particularly economic organizations, where the temporal experience of economic organizations is reduced to physical time. In this sense, this contribution offers an alternative to remedy that reductionism.

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2014. Vol. 31, no 1, 77-93 p.
Keyword [en]
economic organization, contract, productivity, cognitive time distortion, reductionism
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Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-102499DOI: 10.1002/sres.2173ISI: 000331128900008OAI: diva2:710410


Available from: 2014-04-07 Created: 2014-04-07 Last updated: 2014-04-09Bibliographically approved

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