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Wolfgang Banzhaf and Lidia Yamamoto

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262029438

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262029438.001.0001

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The Structure of Organizations

The Structure of Organizations

With Pietro Speroni di Fenizio

Chapter:
(p.257) Chapter 12 The Structure of Organizations
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Artificial Chemistries
Author(s):

Wolfgang Banzhaf

Lidia Yamamoto

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262029438.003.0012

This chapter delves into the mathematical theory of how abstract organizations could be described. We start with some basic definitions of what an organization would be before discussing how they can be generated. We then discuss the mathematical term of a lattice as a structure that can help bring order to organizations. Next is an exploration of the fascinating concepts of novelty and innovation which play a role when new organizations form. Finally we present examples of organizations and explain how particular features of them can be calculated.

Keywords:   Closed sets, Generators, Innovation, Intersection, Lattice, Novelty, Self-maintaining sets, Shadow, Sub-organization, Union

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