equifinality


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equifinality

 [e″kwĭ-fi-nal´ĭ-te]
a principle of general systems theory stating that an open system can attain a time-independent state not dependent on initial conditions and determined only by the system parameters.
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Huber (1993), Fit, Equifinality, and Organizational Effectiveness: A Test of Two Configurational Theories, Academy of Management Journal, 26, 1196-1250.
Huber (1993), "Fit, equifinality, and organizational effectiveness: A test of two configurational theories", Academy of Management Journal, 26, 1196-1250.
Trajectories of development that are based on concepts of multifinality and equifinality result from the confluence of these factors.
These four learning objectives are: 1) Academic/professional environment linkage; 2) Equifinality in approach; 3) Action learning; and 4) Autonomy of learning processes.
1996), Equifinality and multifinality in developmental psychopathology.
Similar to what is postulated in the principles of equifinality and multifinality of general system theory (von Bertalanffy, 1968), different courses can lead to pregnancy during adolescence and different trajectories are drawn from there.
For example, the weak appearance of the optimum shape at the Massey Creek site resulted in a high degree of parameter equifinality (i.
To begin with, criminal justice has the capacity for both equifinality and multifinality, (27) with different inputs producing the same output (e.
At the same time, Chittoor and Ray (2007) found that while EMFs' distinct internationalization strategies carry differential value- addition potential, they also lead to similar levels of performance as measured by return on assets (ROA), thus indicating the existence of equifinality of different paths to multinationality.
Equifinality and uncertainty in physically based soil erosion models: Application of the GLUE methodology to WEPP-The Water Erosion Prediction Project- for sites in the UK and USA.
The original inspiration for the 'BRB bread' theory was indeed a visual parallel with later Egyptian bread-moulds, and there are significant contextual similarities (see Table 3 for culinary associations), but Joffe (1998: 299), Schmidt and others take the view that Mesopotamian and Egyptian bread-making practices are parallel developments--an equifinality resulting from bread-making practicalities.