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title:Inter-Organizational Networking

with contributions from A.J.N. Judge

Both social science literature and practical experience show that networking benefits the organizations themselves and advances their common goals. This paper will be dealing with Inter-Organizational Networks (know as IONs), their functioning and operations and the special characteristics of this style of cooperation (1).

Author:
David Horton Smith
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title:Implementing Principles by Balancing Configurations of Functions: a tensegrity organization approach

Introduction

When a decision is made to pursue a group of concerns, there is a basic problem of ensuring that they are appropriately interrelated and do not simply constitute a fragmented collection of initiatives. This paper examines a new approach to the systematic recognition of the interrelationships necessary to the emergence of a viable configuration of concerns at a new level of significance.

Author:
Anthony Judge
Year:
1979
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title:Groupware Configurations of Challenge and Harmony: an alternative approach to alternative organization

Introduction

Organizations have traditionally been based on some more or less explicit notion of hierarchy. This paper is not concerned with varieties of alternative organization which may be obtained by tinkering with the hierarchical formula and introducing participative forms of decision-making, worker management, etc. The intention is to look beyond hierarchy (1). A recently much-favoured approach is that of networks and 'networking' which has now been quite extensively described and practised (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) as a contrast to hierarchical activity.

Author:
Anthony Judge
Year:
1979
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title:Transcending Duality through Tensional Integrity: From systems-versus-networks to tensegrity organization

Psycho-social Parallel: the Parts

Those who have handled models of tensegrity structures (discussed in Part 1 of this article, pages 248-257) are tantalised by their relative indestructibility despite their apparently extreme fragility - they seem to have some as yet hidden significance. The principles have only been used so far to build geodesic domes, whether large or small (13), although they are important to design for space missions (14).

Author:
Anthony Judge
Year:
1978
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title:Transcending Duality through Tensional Integrity: A lesson in organization from building design

EUROSOLAR - The European Association for Renewable Energy - celebrates its 25th year

Introduction

It is characteristic of society today that any area of thought, belief or action is viewed in a dualistic manner, either positively or negatively. Much of the dynamic of society is determined by interaction, competition or conflict between those holding such polarised perspectives on any issue. The structures currently available reflect this situation by either:

Author:
Anthony Judge
Year:
1978
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