Different kinds of openings of Luhmann's systems theory: A reply to la Cour et al

Becker, K. H. & Seidl, D. (2007) Different kinds of openings of Luhmann's systems theory: A reply to la Cour et al. Organization, 14(6), pp. 939-944.

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Various researchers have called for an 'opening up' of Luhmann's systems theory. We take this short paper as an occasion for a critical reflection on the necessity, existence and possibilities of such an opening. We start by pointing out the inherent openness of Luhmann's theory, and, based on this, discuss three kinds of openings: the international opening, the theoretical opening and the empirical opening. With regard to the latter, we distinguish three general options of using Luhmann's theory for empirical research. Copyright © 2007 SAGE.

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ID Code: 47856
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Luhmann, Organization theory, Systems theory
DOI: 10.1177/1350508407082268
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Deposited On: 20 Dec 2011 07:30
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:37

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