Padgett & Powell Guest Bloggers for Orgtheory.net: Second Post

2-7 theemergenceJohn Padgett and Walter Powell, authors of The Emergence of Organizations and Markets, are guest bloggers for February for Orgtheory.net. In their latest blog, Padgett and Powell discuss some of the mechanisms that allow multiple networks to become synced for better productivity for an organization. They also give examples of each mechanism including some successes and failures that have resulted from their application.

John F. Padgett is professor of political science and (by courtesy) professor of sociology and history at the University of Chicago. Walter W. Powell is professor of education and (by courtesy) professor of sociology, organizational behavior, management science, communication, and public policy at Stanford University.

Check out part of their second blog below.

the emergence of organizations and markets, part 2: a guest post by john padgett and woody powell

Single autocatalytic networks generate life, but they do not generate novel forms of life. There is nothing outside of a single decontextualized network to bring in to recombine with what is already there. Self-organizing out of randomness into an equilibrium of reproducing transformations, the origin of life, was a nontrivial accomplishment, to be sure. But this is not quite speciation, which is emergence of one form of life out of another.

Transpositions and feedbacks among multiple networks are the sources of organizational novelty. In a multiple-network architecture, networks are the contexts of each other. Studying organizational novelty places a premium on measuring multiple social networks in interaction because that is the raw material for innovation. Subsequent cascades of death and reconstruction may or may not turn initial transpositions (innovations) across networks into system-wide invention.

Read the rest of the post here.