A change of Episteme for Organizations: A Lesson from Solaris

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    Abstract

    The article stems from a science fiction classic: Solaris, by Stanislaw Lem. The novel enables the authors to suggest a change of episteme needed in organizational thinking in order to grasp the kind of relationships that define our present. Relationships both in the novel and in organizations have to do with the clash between finite and unlimited-finite strengths. The authors use the concept of 'logic of cyborganization' to refer to the features this new setting has in present organizations. It is possible to review such logic through four considerations: (i) it moves away from the logic of representation; (ii) its condition of possibility is digital codification; (iii) its sufficient condition is simulation; (iv) it questions time as a principle of intelligibility. Copyright © 1999 SAGE.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)673-690
    JournalOrganization
    Volume6
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 1999

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