Understanding and Using Boundaries in NVOs

Understanding and Using Boundaries in NVOs

Haigang Song (Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Japan), Tunç D. Medeni (Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Japan), Euler G.M. de Souza (Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Japan) and Kun Nie (Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Japan)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 9
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-885-7.ch225
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Abstract

One of the most important characteristics of virtual and networked organizations is the facilitation of interactions across institutional boundaries. However, the facilitation of this cross-boundary interaction does not mean that these boundaries cease to exist altogether; they may change forms, but still maintain their function and importance, and should be taken into consideration both in theory and practice. The metaphor of a jigsaw puzzle highlights the significance of the boundaries for institutions.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Rough Sets (Fuzzy Sets): A methodology, witch provides definitions and methods for finding which attributes separate one class or classification from another, to deal with inherent ambiguity and uncertainty in decision situations.

Ma: A way to sense the moment of movement the dynamic inter-context or in-between-ness of difference.

Chaord: The in-between co-existence of order and chaos.

Edge of Chaos (Creative Chaos): The boundary regime that keeps balance of synthesizes and transcends the two extreme regimes, namely the chaotic regime and the ordered regime.

Seam: The border/boundary that has the function of both separating and connecting two parts.

Ba: A real, virtual or mental space for knowledge creation and relationship-building.

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