An Introduction to Autopoiesis - Implications and Applications

Mingers, J. (1989) An Introduction to Autopoiesis - Implications and Applications. Systemic Practice and Action Research, 2 (2). 159-180.. ISSN 1094-429X . (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Maturana and Varela have developed a theory to explain the particular character of living systems. Such systems, they claim, have an autopoietic, or self-producing, organization. This term is now used widely, although often without a proper understanding of the detail of the theory. Moreover, the concept has been applied to other systems, such as societies and institutions, in a rather naïve manner. It is a very important theory, with far-reaching consequences both for science and for social intervention, but it must be correctly appreciated and applied. The aim of this paper is to aid that process by, first, elucidating the theoretical ideas and, second, critically evaluating its implications and applications.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: autopoiesis, organization, information, social systems
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > Management Science
Depositing User: John Mingers
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2009 19:43
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2013 14:01
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/3787 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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