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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 Dynamics of Organizations

The Dynamics of Organizations

(p.275) Chapter 13 The Dynamics of Organizations
Artificial Chemistries

Wolfgang Banzhaf

Lidia Yamamoto

The MIT Press

Now that we have set the stage for organizations, we can study their dynamics, their formation and decay. A key aspect of such an attempt is to quantify the stability of organizations which can be studied by observing the flows of material/energy/information through the network graphs that make up organizations. So we shall first look at chemical flows and the formalism to describe them. Next is an introduction of examples of organization dynamics. We explain how to observe the formation of organizations and extend the concept of closure and self-maintenance introduced earlier to include probabilistic concepts.

Keywords:   Approximate closure, Approximate self-maintenance, Contingency, Degree, Dynamics, Focusing of an organization, Food, Observing an organization, Stability

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