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Work Meets LifeExploring the Integrative Study of Work in Living Systems$
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Robert Levin, Simon Laughlin, Christina De La Rocha, and Alan Blackwell

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014120

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014120.001.0001

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Reflections: On Exploring Work in Living Systems

Reflections: On Exploring Work in Living Systems

(p.203) Reflections: On Exploring Work in Living Systems
Work Meets Life

Robert Levin

Simon Laughlin

Christina De La Rocha

Alan Blackwell

The MIT Press

This chapter provides readers with a sense of what kinds of enriched answers to the question of describing work might emerge from the kind of exploration of work that have been started. It looks forward to where the integrative study of work in living systems can proceed from the initial exploration. It presents three perspectives that emerged over the course of the exploration: trade-offs, performance envelopes, and the effect of how work integrates. This chapter shows how work itself integrates life across levels of organization and across systems.

Keywords:   work, integrative study, living systems, trade-offs, performance envelopes, life, organization

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