ERIC Number: ED263914
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Building Idea Networks. Corporate Management with Thought Processing.
Cross, Thomas B.
Citing increased attention now focused on networking in organizational contexts, this paper addresses two networking questions related to an organization's strategic purpose: how the organization's formal and informal networking channels are connected, and how they are managed and maintained. Thought processing is defined as a networking system that not only provides a written verbatim log, but a means whereby ideas may be exchanged, clarified, debated, and resolved. Ways in which thought processing can facilitate networking are examined in the context of the relationship between decision-making and the networking system; the development of information-decision systems to provide the proper flow of information among decision points in an organization; the importance of both formal and informal communication; an in-depth analysis of thought patterns to determine natural patterns for the information-decision system; and the increased effectiveness of organizations implementing thought processing. (THC)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Computer Oriented Programs, Decision Making, Information Needs, Information Networks, Information Systems, Language Processing, Man Machine Systems, Management Information Systems, Network Analysis, Organizational Communication, Organizational Effectiveness, Planning, Position Papers
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cross Information Co., Boulder, CO.