Duane P. Truex, Richard Baskerville, and Heinz Klein Organizations As the new economic realities pressure your organization to change from stable to emergent, new practices for IT support are required. The current frenzied pace of organizational change is being driven by the rapid development of commercial technology, global markets and reengineered, qualityoriented organizations. This constant need to change gives rise to a recognition that organizations in the present era are no longer stable, but are continuously adapting to their shifting environments. These organizations organization itself or any of its features may exhibit Growing Systems in Emergent can be said to be in a state of constantly temporal regularities. But such temporal regularities are recognizable only by hindsight, because seeking stability, while never achieving it. organizations are always in process; they are never fully formed. We use the terms emergent and Such organizations are said to be emer- emergence rather than emerging because emergent refers to the state of being in continual gent, and include many of today s com- process, never arriving but always in transition. mercial and governmental organizations. When we refer to organizations as emergent we are saying that every feature
Communications of the ACM – Association for Computing Machinery
Published: Aug 1, 1999
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