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Understanding Organizations with Open Systems Theory

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How can open systems theory be used to understand an organization?

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Open systems theory posits the company has an interactive relationship with its external environment. The company is influenced by these external entities, adapting to changes as needed. In turn, it influences the businesses and communities it operates with and in. As long as the organization keeps their activities open and adapts to relationships and interests in the external environment, the organization will remain healthy. If it stops, then it will become unhealthy and failures ...

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