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Understanding organizations as Whiteheadian societies


Dibben, MR, Understanding organizations as Whiteheadian societies, Applied Process Thought 1: Initial Explorations in Theory and Research, Ontos Verlag, Dibben, M. & Kelly, T. (ed), Frankfurt/Lancaster, pp. 329-347. ISBN 978-3938793756 (2008) [Research Book Chapter]

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Process physics (Cahill, 2005; Jungerman, 2000) is, like all physics, a model of reality. However, unlike traditional substance-based versions, process physics implements many process philosophical concepts, perhaps most notably, the notion of internal relations. It argues that the universe can best be understood in terms of self-referential semantic information that is remarkably similar to mathematical stochastic neural networks research in biology. It argues that information patterns generate new information through causal efficacy and, ultimately internal integration, generating selforganising patterns of relationships that have an intrinsic value inherent in their self-actualisiation and which thereby experience a subjective unity in response to influences from the totality of their past. The result is an internally related self-organising stream of experiences that provides a defining essence objectively distinguishable in abstraction and as exhibiting all the characteristics of a quantum space and quantum matter.

Tn process physics, therefore, quantum phenomena emerge where no prior assumption regarding their existence is made or prescribed at the start, but rather where they are internally generated as an inherent feature of an experientially becoming reality, growing in size over time and thus having an observable key feature--i.e. a 'defining essence'-of an expanding universe. Reality itself is now understood-and modelled-as having a primitive form of self awareness, i.e. prehensions of other actualities as objects in terms of their provocation of some special activity within the subject (AT 176) and which, in more biologically complex information systems, ultimately leads to experiential integration as conscious discrimination of contrasts in prior experiences. Reality is, ultimately, not about the identification of isolated individuals through externality, but related individuals through internality.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Business systems in context
Research Field:Business systems in context not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Management and productivity
Objective Field:Management and productivity not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Dibben, MR (Associate Professor Mark Dibben)
ID Code:66238
Year Published:2008
Deposited By:Management
Deposited On:2011-01-10
Last Modified:2014-10-31
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