Working Paper Series
Donald G. Saari
On the Design of Complex Organizations and Distributive Algorithms
Abstract: To efficiently realize a specified goal in a distributive
fashion, there needs to be an appropriate "division of labor." This is true
for distributive algorithms that take advantage of the concurrent features
of the new generation of computers. This is true in the design of a complex
organization intended to realize a specified goa1. The problem is to
determine what the appropriate division of labor is. Here, a geometric
characterization of all possible divisions of labor, or communication
networks, is given. It is illustrated how this characterization can be used
to design the communication networks.
Keywords: Distributive algorithm; division of labour; communication networks; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: C02; (follow links to similar papers)
21 pages, December 1989
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