This paper argues that sociological and social psychological concepts, through a theory of action perspective, can contribute to defining coarse-grained social structures as multidimensional attractors (Goldstein, Hazy, & Lichtenein, 2010) and fine-grained human interaction dynamics as sources of nonlinear and unanticipated social outcomes. By using Gidden’s (1984) structuration theory to define the dimensions of the coarse-grained social system and applying Stones’s (2005) “strong” structuration theory to the fine-grained social system, we clarify the aspects of human interaction dynamics and their relationship to the coarse-grained social system. The paper concludes with three interrelated conclusions and their implications for understanding the “dynamics” of human interactions.
INTRODUCTION If organizations can be understood as complex adaptive systems, then social structures, even boundaries, may be emergent in nature (Marion, 1999). This is relevant to organizational learning research in the effects that boundaries have on organizational learning and outcome variables. These effects may be emergent and might be explained by locally determined interactions among […]