15.963 Organizations as Enacted Systems: Learning, Knowing and Change

Fall 2002

Two arrows in a circle, representing communication.
Two arrows in a circle, representing communication. (Image courtesy of Wanda Orlikowski.)

Course Highlights

This course kicks off with a three-day workshop. Following the workshop, the course meets once per week for eight weeks. Details on the group assignment and a list of readings are included.

Course Description

The course is structured around a core of fundamental concepts concerning how we view organizations, and the application of these concepts to basic domains of action crucial for contemporary businesses: sensemaking, learning, knowing, and change. We view organizations as enacted systems, wherein humans are continually shaping the structures that influence their action in turn. In other words, we create the systems that then create us.
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Prof. Wanda Orlikowski
Prof. Peter Senge

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
3 hours / session