Modeling Organizational Design - Applying A Formalism Model From Theoretical Physics

  • Robert Fabac
  • Josip Stepanić University of Zagreb, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering & Naval Architecture Zagreb
Keywords: adaptation, organizational design, Galbraith's Star Model, model variables, resources, social entropy, social free energy, social temperature


Modern organizations are exposed to diverse external environment influences. Currently accepted concepts of organizational design take into account structure, its interaction with strategy, processes, people, etc. Organization design and planning aims to align this key organizational design variables. At the higher conceptual level, however, completely satisfactory formulation for this alignment doesn’t exist. We develop an approach originating from the application of concepts of theoretical physics to social systems. Under this approach, the allocation of organizational resources is analyzed in terms of social entropy, social free energy and social temperature. This allows us to formalize the dynamic relationship between organizational design variables. In this paper we relate this model to Galbraith's Star Model and we also suggest improvements in the procedure of the complex analytical method in organizational design.
How to Cite
R. Fabac and J. Stepanić, “Modeling Organizational Design - Applying A Formalism Model From Theoretical Physics”, JIOS, vol. 32, no. 1, Jun. 2008.