Modelling distributed decision making

Jens Rasmussen

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The use of modern information technology for decision support in com-plex systems and organisations has led to an increased interest in analysis and modelling of co-operative work and distributed decision making. The paper brings a discussion and comparison of three different approaches to such models, i.e., from the point of view of cognitive work analysis, of hierarchical control theory, and of organisation and management theory. It is concluded, that a significant convergence is found in the concepts and theoretical structures developed in the different professions and that the development of predictive models of distributed decision making which is very much needed for systems design can benefit from a cross-disciplinary interaction. Finally, it is argued that methods and concepts for simulation of complex decision making organisations should be critically reviewed and developed
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDistributed decision making. Cognitive models for cooperative work
EditorsJ. Rasmussen, B. Brehmer, J. Leplat
Place of PublicationChichester
Publication date1991
ISBN (Print)0-471-92828-3
Publication statusPublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes
Event Bad Homburg Workshop -
Duration: 1 May 19881 May 1988


Workshop Bad Homburg Workshop
SeriesNew technologies and work

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