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

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7.7. Key Points in Chapter Seven

What is classification?

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

(See §7.1, “Introduction”)

What is a classification system?

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”)

How does classification affect the potential interactions in an organizing system?

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”)

Why are classifications always biased in some way?

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”)

According to Friedman and Nissenbaum, what are the three types of bias in technical systems?

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

(See §7.2.3, “Classification Is Biased”)

What are enumerative classification ...

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