Organisational dynamics, social norms and information systems

R.K. Stamper, Kecheng Liu, Kecheng Liu

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    An organisation is defined as a system of social norms. The concept of a norm is the social analogue of the concept of an affordance which Gibson (1968) introduced to account for perception of the physical world. Their conjunction is a logic of Norms and Affordances, Norma, which serves as a meta-model for dynamic organisational systems. All elements in a Norma model have bounded periods of existence. All the dynamics are specified by the authorities governing these bounds. A system to implement Norma has been constructed, called a `Normbase' handles time intrinsically to achieve a huge reduction in the complexity of a specification. The Normbase allows a system to be prototyped dynamically, as the specification evolves. These methods have been used with great success in reducing implementation and maintenance costs
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the Twenty-Seventh Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS-27
    EditorsJay F. Nunamaker, Ralph H. Sprague
    Place of PublicationLos Alamitos, CA, USA
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Print)0-8186-5080-X
    Publication statusPublished - 4 Jan 1994
    Event27th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 1994 - Maui, United States
    Duration: 4 Jan 19947 Jan 1994
    Conference number: 27


    Conference27th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 1994
    Abbreviated titleHICSS
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    Other4-7 Jan 1994


    • IR-21867
    • METIS-125657


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