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Open Systems Theory
Posted by: Steven Ziemba on November 2, 2008 at 10:19PM EST
The discussion in the Unit 12 Management presentation on open systems did (not surprisingly) follow the textbook by Griffith and White. I have a clear understanding of open systems theory, except on one aspect. Is it only applied at the strategic level, or should departmental and service line functions also have a better understanding of its basics?
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Posted by: Robert Ray on November 5, 2008 9:08AM EST
In many departments, both the internal and external environment affects the growth opportunities for the department. Based on that fact, I feel that it is necessary to be aware of the open systems theory from the strategic, high level planning aspect of the organization, down to the departmental level.

Posted by: Edmund Lafer on November 5, 2008 4:59PM EST
I agree. Open systems potentially affect all participants in the system whether with intended or unintended consequences. Everyone should be aware that they can be affected by others and what they do can affect others. It is an important perspective and understanding to have.

Posted by: Craig Walker on November 10, 2008 10:38PM EST
Ditto. Opens system theory is a macro view of the environment. Population ecology, as Robert Galloway, PhD once noted, applies the basic tenets of biological ecology to organizational theory. When taking this perspective, organizations are much like organisms in that they need inputs (ie food, reimbursement, revenue, etc.) and they give off outputs (ie, waste). Open systems theory is extremely helpful when applied to a population ecology perspective for hospital organizations and their environment.

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