Title
Models and concepts for socio-technical complex systems : towards fractal social organizations Models and concepts for socio-technical complex systems : towards fractal social organizations
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Sciences. Mathematics and Computer Science
Publication type
article
Publication
Chichester ,
Subject
Sociology
Economics
Source (journal)
Systems research and behavioral science. - Chichester
Volume/pages
30(2013) :6 , p. 750-772
ISSN
1092-7026
ISI
000328156400010
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
We introduce fractal social organizationsa novel class of socio-technical complex systems characterized by a distributed, bio-inspired, hierarchical architecture. Based on a same building block that is recursively applied at different layers, said systems provide a homogeneous way to model collective behaviors of different complexity and scale. Key concepts and principles are enunciated by means of a case study and a simple formalism. As preliminary evidence of the adequacy of the assumptions underlying our systems here, we define and study an algebraic model for a simple class of social organizations. We show how despite its generic formulation, geometric representations of said model exhibit the spontaneous emergence of complex hierarchical and modular patterns characterized by structured addition of complexity and fractal naturewhich closely correspond to the distinctive architectural traits of our fractal social organizations. Some reflections on the significance of these results and a view to the next steps of our research conclude this contribution. Copyright (c) 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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