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public class: Organization
Author: Jim Salmons
Project: Phase: 1.0; Status: Proposed; Version: 1.0; Complexity: 1
Dates: Created: 8/5/2006 1:17:34 PM; Modified: 8/6/2006 2:37:19 PM;
Flags: Active: false; IsRoot: false; IsLeaf: false;
Extension Points:
UUID: {C4AC0742-31F4-4f5d-A827-C174C37D6BA9}
An Organization is a "branded wrapper" of model elements that collectively perform some activity in order to achieve some goal(s). An Organization cannot _do_ anything itself. It is not corporal in this sense. It's ability to "act" is based on its ability to be perceived and related to in a persistent manner. In the private sector, an Organization may be a corporation. More generally, it may be an association, school, or club. The Family of a family farm may be an Organization in the context of our LFEGame model.

In order to perform Activity to meet its Goals, an Organization aggregates Roles and Resources to implement its Business_Processes. (More accurately, we should say its Organization_Processes. But we have elected to go with the more widely recognized term Business Process. But we're thinking more in the loose sense of "getting down to business" rather than the more specific sense of business as in private sector business processes.)

Persons relate to Organizations through Staff or Employee Roles. Organizations may be aggregated through whole-part relationships (such as a Company Organization being made up of many Department Organizations).

Organizations may relate to other Organizations. These relationships are operationalized through Role-Activity interactions that are initiated by Business_Processes that have a Goal of fulfilling such Organizational relationshps (partnerships or service-responsibilities).

Like Persons and Business_Processes, the Organization is relatively lightweight. Its implementation is modeled as little more than the atttributes essential to identity. An Organization's ability to "Be in the World" is, rather, a function of the aggregation of the Roles, Business_Processes, and Resources that it can bring to bare on pursuit of its Goals.

Goto: Custom Properties
See also: Role, Person, Business_Process, Goal
Appears in: Logical View
Custom Properties