ORGANIZATION DESIGN FOR ALGORITHMIC AND HEURISTIC WORK
Keywordsheuristic work, algorithmic work, organization design.
Purpose of this research is to propose the organization design parameters and coordination mechanisms that match the algorithmic and heuristic work characteristics.
Methodology used bases on the analysis of the literature. The study is conceptual in nature and draws upon other research findings. Firstly, it takes into consideration a literature review on organization architecture, design, and two types of work (algorithmic and heuristic). Then organization architecture assumptions are presented as a basis for analysis of matching organization design with algorithmic and heuristic work. Subsequently, a considered framework for analysis is Mintzberg model of organization design that is applied as a framework to be checked for fit with heuristic work characteristics.
Research leads to conclusion that out of five organization design configurations there is one that fits the heuristic work - adhocracy. The design parameters and coordination mechanisms described in this configuration are following the architectural assumption of autonomy-process-relations materials use, which in turn match the heuristic work characteristics: continuous learning, limited access to information and unpredictability of results.
The originality of work is based on researching match between heuristic work and organization design. Literature has not covered this link before. Moreover, the use of architectural assumptions for organization design is differentiating the study from the already performed researches.
Study suggests that following with empirical research requires establishing a number of measures for: heuristic work, organization architecture and organization design.
Keywords: heuristic work, algorithmic work, organization design.
Classification: Conceptual paper.
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