“FUNCTION MODELING IN ORGANIZATIONAL ENGINEERING”
David Sardinha Andrade de Aveiro,
Departamento de Engenharia Informática –
This thesis has the main purpose of assessing the usefulness to model organizational functions in the context of organizational engineering. To achieve this we present an extensive analysis of current insights found in literature of diverse fields of knowledge, like management, engineering, biology and philosophy, to bridge the gap between the several different perspectives and clarify what in fact are organizational functions and what should be considered artifacts of the functional dimension of an organization. Based on current findings and on previous work done in the field of organizational engineering, an ontology is proposed, for the purpose of modeling the functional concern of an enterprise architecture, in a coherent manner.
Namely, in organizations, representing a function means specifying, for a certain process X, its interdependencies with other parts of the organization, which contribute to its self-maintenance, namely: (1) a norm (goal value) for a certain state variable of the process; (2) which other process (or processes) depend on this norm, in order to remain functional; (3) the set of business rules – embedded in the process itself, or other process(es) – that work as resilience mechanisms to expected exceptions and try to reestablish the norm to the process functioning; (4) set of specialized and accumulated knowledge related to process X’s domain used for treatment of unexpected exceptions in a special dynamics called microgenesis.
We further propose an extension to an existing modeling framework that argues that the multidimensional aspects of the enterprise should be organized into five architectural components: Organization, Business, Information, Application and Technological architectures. The extension we propose is an additional architectural view: the Function Architecture. This architecture allows the modeling of organizational functions separating it’s inherent concerns of: operation, monitoring, resilience and microgenesis, while maintaining coherence in their components and interconnections.
Several benefits seem to arise out of this proposal, like: simplification of organizational models thanks to the separation of concerns; increased traceability between fundamental entities of organizations and model elements reutilization; detection of vital processes and gaps on the organization’s self maintenance mechanisms; among others. The usefulness of these possible benefits will be assessed in the final stage of this thesis which aims at a practical experiment on modeling functions in real organizations, with the proposed architecture, in the context of at least two case studies, already planned for execution.
Keywords: Function Modeling, Organizational Engineering, Organizational Modeling, Organizational Function
Date: 2006-Jul-24 Time: 10:00:00 Room: INESC – Auditório Alfa 9º piso
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Workshop “Metabolism and mathematical models: Two for a tango” – 2nd Edition
Title: Workshop Metabolism and mathematical models: Two for a tango – 2nd Edition
Dates: October 25-26, 2022
Location: This workshop will be held in a virtual way
The topic of this workshop is metabolism in general, with a special focus, although not exclusive, on parasitology. Besides an exploration of the biological, biochemical and biomedical aspects, the workshop will also aim at presenting some of the mathematical modelling, algorithmic theory and software development that have become crucial to explore such aspects.
This workshop is being organised in the context of two projects, both with the Inria European Team Erable. One of the projects involves a partnership with the University of São Paulo (USP), in São Paulo, Brazil, more specifically the Institute of Mathematics and Statistics (IME) and the Institute of Biomedical Sciences – Inria Associated Team Capoeira – and the other involves the Inesc-ID/IST in Portugal, ETH in Zürich and EMBL in Heidelberg – H2020 Twinning Project Olissipo.
The workshop is open to all members of these two projects but also, importantly, to the community in general.
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