Petri Nets: Modeling the Complexity of Modern Jobs

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The world contains many interesting and sometimes unusual phenomena. Some of the more fascinating are organizations and the individuals who work the various jobs found therein. During a typical week, it would not be unusual to cross paths with a schoolteacher, a cobbler (or other skilled trade person), a musician, and a pilot. Many psychologists and humanresource specialists are interested in the problem of describing these jobs and the task processes that are performed as an incumbent interacts with a series of tools and work aids. We also often need to make useful descriptive statements about the jobs. For example, is it possible to create a model of what gets done? That is, can the flow of information and tasks through the job be represented? Is the model executable? In other words, can the model be run, and can changes to its states be identified and measured? Finally, can the model provide evaluative information of the type that allows for the analysis of the job or its incumbents?

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Petri Nnets: Modeling the Complexity of Modern Jobs, in R. Landis & J. Cortina (Eds.), Frontiers of Methodology in Organizational Research, Routledge, p. 381-403