Description of Management Science Problems in Physical Sense

Tadeusz Gospodarek 

Wałbrzyska Wyższa Szkoła Zarządzania i Przedsiębiorczości (WWSZIP), 1-Maja 131, Wałbrzych 58-305, Poland


The epistemology of management science is unordered and trials of ordering are usually unsuccessful. One of the problems is rejecting of physical approach to investigation of social phenomena, which allows on reasoning about interactions between micro state and its surroundings, and for statistical averaging of the micro state properties, regardless the detailed research of its. It derives from management archetype related to interaction of peoples onto peoples, whereas a physical description means reification what is not fully accepted by humanistic scientists. But it works successfully in operational research.

            From all aspects of the management science it is possible to extract measurable problems related to interactions between the organization and its surroundings, for which physical model of description is acceptable. Management is always related to future events and may be understand as a set of decisions for planned events performing in accordance with a defined objective function (semantic model of interactions). It allows onto measurement of the micro state at different time moments what leads to axiological evaluation of managing. But without acceptance of measurement philosophy similar to natural sciences it is impossible to apply such useful formalisms as metric spaces, game theory, statistical approach, etc.

            From the external observer point of view it is not important what changes will take place inside the interacting organization with the surroundings. Important are results of the interactions. For the internal observer not only the external effect may be interesting, but also some changes of resources forming the organization. The resource based view for description of the organization is the best model for formal, physical type descriptions of its interaction with the surroundings, acceptable from both points of view. It allows on creation interesting numerical representations and quantitative models based on analogies to physics.

Presentation: Oral at 4 Ogólnopolskie Sympozjum "Fizyka w Ekonomii i Naukach Społecznych", by Tadeusz Gospodarek
See On-line Journal of 4 Ogólnopolskie Sympozjum "Fizyka w Ekonomii i Naukach Społecznych"

Submitted: 2009-02-15 15:04
Revised:   2009-06-07 00:48