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Paper presented to the Annual Conference of the Cybernetics Society,
King's College, University of London, September 1999.
© Copyright D J Stewart 1999. All rights reserved.

The Structure of Working Organisations

D J STEWART
>Human Factors Research, UK

ABSTRACT

In previous papers (Stewart, 1989, 1999a, 1999b) he had proposed a new, ternary concept of mechanism, which forms the basis of a new paradigm for purpose and directiveness. One practical outcome of this is an analytic technique-Ternary Analysis. This, among other things, enables any particular kind of human work to be analysed into one or more of three components. One thing that Ternary Analysis does is to clarify the place of evaluation and judgement in work. Another is to suggest the stages to be followed in the design and construction of work and tasks, to arrive at ternary mechanisms that will achieve the desired results (Stewart, 1999c). It also offers a way of designing human institutions to use the human beings composing them more appropriately. It shows how to design a working environment that is divided horizontally into departments, each of which is concerned with a particular dimension of imparity. It also shows how a Law of Sum of Intervention Ratios operates in the vertical structure of such a working environment, and indicates where we should expect to be able to fit computer-based systems into human institutions, and where the human beings are best placed (Stewart, 1999d).

REFERENCES

Stewart, D J (1989), A ternary domanial structure as a basis for cybernetics and its place in knowledge, Kybernetes 18, 4, 19-28.

Stewart, D J (1999a), The implications for cybernetics of the discontinuity between information and imparity, Proceedings of the 15th International Congress on Cybernetics, Namur (Belgium), September 1998, pp. 949-954.

Stewart, D J (1999b), What is gained by adding a third ontological domain to those of energy and information? Proceedings of the 15th International Congress on Cybernetics, Namur (Belgium), September 1998, pp. 959-964.

Stewart, D J (1999c), The Ternary Analysis of work, Proceedings of the 11th International Congress of Cybernetics and Systems, Brunel University, UK, August 1999, pp. 189-190.

Stewart, D J (1999d), Ternary Analysis applied to social systems, Proceedings of the 11th International Congress of Cybernetics and Systems, Brunel University, UK, August 1999, pp. 196-198.

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