This paper addresses the issue of how tasks within an organizational context should be represented from the perspective of a single decision maker. Based on a previous paper (Hackathorn, 1981), this paper presents a formal ism for task representation based on recent work in the Knowledge Representation area. The formalism is called Simple Associative Network (SAN). The implications of this formalism result in the discussion of several issues, such as: (a) the nature of task occurrence, (b) handling multiple task types of a task occurrence, (c) means and goals as a specialization of task types, and (d) control structures among task types.
Hackathorn, Richard D. and Fetter, Robert A., "Toward A Formal Definition of Task Representation" (1981). ICIS 1981 Proceedings. 3.