Accession Number : ADA113424

Title :   Information Structures for Single Echelon Organizations,

Corporate Author : MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE LAB FOR INFORMATION AND DECISION SYSTEMS

Personal Author(s) : Stabile,Debra A ; Levis,Alexander H ; Hall,Susan A

PDF Url : ADA113424

Report Date : Jan 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 45

Abstract : A methodology for designing the information structures for decision makers who comprise the boundary between an organization and its environment is presented. The environment is modeled as a source that generates symbols or messages that the organization members must process without being overloaded. Two basic information reduction strategies are considered: (1) creation of self contained tasks, and (2) creation of slack resources. The former leads to the partitioning of the input signal and the parallel processing of the partition; the latter to alternate processing where each decision maker receives signals according to some deterministic rule but is given more time to process them, i.e., a delay is introduced. These two strategies are then integrated to produce a variety of information structures for special cases. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Decision making, Performance(Human), Work functions, Information processing, Parallel processing, Data management, Data reduction, Resource management, Input, Models, Methodology, Organizations, Environments, Time dependence, Delay

Subject Categories : Administration and Management

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE