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The Discipline of Organizing: Professional Edition, 3rd Edition by Robert J. Glushko

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7.7. Key Points in Chapter Seven

  • Classification is the systematic assignment of resources to a system of intentional categories, often institutional ones.

    (See §7.1, “Introduction”)

  • A classification system is foremost a specification for the logical arrangement of resources because there are usually many possible and often arbitrary mappings of logical locations to physical ones.

    (See §7.1.3, “Classification vs. Physical Arrangement”)

  • A classification creates structure in the organizing system that increases the variety and capability of the interactions it can support.

    (See §7.2.1.2, “Classifications Support Interactions”)

  • Classifications are always biased by the purposes, experiences, professions, politics, values, and other characteristics and preferences of the people making them.

    (See §7.2.3, “Classification Is Biased”)

  • Three types of bias in technical systems are pre-existing, technical, and emergent bias.

    (See §7.2.3, “Classification Is Biased”)

  • Classification schemes in which all possible categories to which resources can be assigned are defined explicitly are called enumerative.

    (See §7.1.4, “Classification Schemes”)

  • When multiple resource properties are considered in a fixed sequence, each property creates another level in the system of categories and the classification scheme is hierarchical or taxonomic.

    (See §7.1.4, “Classification Schemes”)

  • Classification and standardization are not identical, but they are closely related. Some classifications become standards, and some standards ...

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