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Organisational intelligence

Maurice Yolles (Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK)

Journal of Workplace Learning

ISSN: 1366-5626

Article publication date: 1 January 2005




Seeks to explore the notion of organisational intelligence as a simple extension of the notion of the idea of collective intelligence.


Discusses organisational intelligence using previous research, which includes the Purpose, Properties and Practice model of Dealtry, and the Viable Systems model.


The notion of organisational intelligence requires a metaphorically defined psychological frame of reference. In trying to formulate this metaphor, there has been a need to explore the collective from a psychological perspective. Applications of the notion of organisational intelligence operate in a variety of areas, and two of these are in organisational learning and managerial cybernetics. In the latter an interest lies in dealing with organisational pathologies, resulting in viable systems.


Addresses the need for developing organisational intelligence.



Yolles, M. (2005), "Organisational intelligence", Journal of Workplace Learning, Vol. 17 No. 1/2, pp. 99-114.



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