Accession Number : ADA191952

Title :   Coordination in Decision-Making Organizations,

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

Personal Author(s) : Grevet, Jean-Louis M ; Levis, Alexander H

PDF Url : ADA191952

Report Date : Jan 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 28

Abstract : A methodology to analyze, model, and evaluate decision-making processes that require coordination is presented. The issues of inconsistency of information and synchronization are emphasized. Predicate Transition Nets are used as the basic technique for representing organizational structures and for characterizing the coordination of processes. Protocols of interaction are modeled by transitions for which the rule of enablement is that the decisionmakers, when interacting, must refer to the same state of the environment. Two measures of coordination are then introduced: the degree of information consistency and the measure of synchronization. These measures are defined on the basis of the attributes of the tokens belonging to the input places of transitions modeling interactions. A recently developed simulation system for Predicate Transition Nets is used for investigating the dynamics of decisionmaking processes requiring coordination.

Descriptors :   *DECISION MAKING, *ORGANIZATIONS, *INFORMATION PROCESSING, CONSISTENCY, DYNAMICS, ENVIRONMENTS, INPUT, INTERACTIONS, MODELS, NETS, SIMULATION, STRUCTURES, SYNCHRONIZATION(ELECTRONICS), TRANSITIONS

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE