On cognitive machines in organizations

Nobre, Farley Simon Mendes (2005). On cognitive machines in organizations. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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This thesis is about organizations, cognitive machines and the environment. It relies on the premise that cognitive machines can improve the cognitive abilities of the organization; and it also relies on the proposition that an increase in organization cognition reduces the relative levels of uncertainty and complexity of the environment of the organization.
Concerning its contributions, this thesis:
(i) Plays an important part by choosing selected technologies of machines and connecting them with the disciplines of cognition and organization theory.
(ii) Introduces premises and propositions about organization cognition, cognitive machines and the participation of these machines in organizations.
(iii) Presents a methodology of organization design in order to support the choice of strategies that increase the degree of organization cognition.
(iv) Presents the design of a framework of cognitive machines. It also introduces analysis of such machines through theories of bounded rationality, economic decision-making and conflict resolution. From the results of the analysis it advocates that such machines can solve
or reduce intra-individual and group dysfunctional conflicts which arise from decision-making processes in the organization, and thus they can improve the cognitive abilities of the organization.
(v) And provides an industrial case within NEC which comprises practices of organizational learning.
This thesis substantially contributes introducing artificial intelligence, processes and structure of future smart factories and human-machine-centric manufacturing organizations.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
Licence: All rights reserved
College/Faculty: Schools (1998 to 2008) > School of Engineering
School or Department: School of Engineering
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
T Technology > TS Manufactures
URI: http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint/12651


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