Document Type

Research Paper


Electronic data processing systems have been constructed based on the results of cybernetics and communication theory. They interpret the combination of several constructs as integrated systems that form integrated systems of a higher degree. This corresponds to the way modern economics looks at corporate functions, enterprises, the economy... This fundamental tendency is reflected by the idea that the most important factor in electronic data processing systems is not the speed of operation but the integrative effect. Therefore it is necessary to arrange workflows in a closed control system, under consideration of the most rational path. Thus IDP advances the aims of business organization to a higher level and at the same time provides means for reaching these aims. Reprint of an article from elektronische datenverarbeitung 1(1)1959:14–19. The original summary has been revised by the editorial staff.