A missing link: a distributed cognitive perspective on fit

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Abstract

Purpose
This article presents a cognitive framework to study dynamic/adaptive aspects of a collection of popular fit measures used in organisation research, in an attempt to highlight what there is to be gained.

Design/methodology/approach
This paper uses a distributed e-cognition (DEC) framework to examine the current organisational literature of fit measures.

Findings
This paper highlights that most measures have a rather narrow focus and do not address dynamic/adaptive aspects in complex social systems (e.g. organisations). To both provide a way to integrate fit measures and cover the cognition gap in this literature, this article highlights the need for a more sophisticated measure.

Originality/value
This paper provides a novel approach to examining organisational fit literature through a distributed (e)-cognitive framework.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior
ISSN1093-4537
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Complexity
  • Organisational change
  • Distributed cognition
  • Person–environment fit
  • Adaption
  • Organisational cognition
  • Organizational theory
  • Organizations
  • Management

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