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Physics in organizations: a percolating approach

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Abstract:

A percolation-based model to describe organizational structures is proposed, and its main characteristics are delineated. The model is applied in the study of a frequent organizational drawback faced by managers, directors, etc.: the 'leadership hindrance'. It is demonstrated that this and other organizational problems are circumvented by the reshaping of the enterprise 'susceptibility profile', conducted by actions of the leader and his/her staff. The interplay between short- and long-range interactions within the organizational structure as the determinants of extensivity and non-extensivity is discussed. The potentialities of the percolation model for a broader range of organizational applications are addressed.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00107510210164039

Publication date: November 1, 2002

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