Formal Techniques for Organization Analysis: Task and Resource Management
ILLINOIS UNIV AT URBANA SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
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This report presents a method of modelling human organizations by means of a relational model. The model is described and several hypothetical examples show how the model can be used to design an organization specifically to carry out an explicit mission. Features of the model are also used to guide the assignment of personnel to specific jobs, basing the job assignments on a match of skills required by the procedures that will be performed by the job role incumbents and the skills possessed by job role candidates. Other features of the model are used to simulate in a very elementary sense the behavior of the designed organization under expected external stimuli. All the examples are explained in detail by use of graphic displays of the consequences of each step of the development. Specific applications in the military context for the modelling techniques are discussed. The research program, its long-range goals and completed work, with references, are presented. The report concludes with a set of recommendations for development of a computer software system to bring the benefits of the modelling methodology to a wide audience within the Department of Defense, and for application of the technique to some pressing organizational problems, in order to 1 refine the methodology, and to 2 gain insight into the mechanisms of organzational pathology.
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