Research – Systems, Resilience, and Organization: Analogies and Points of Contact with Hierarchy Theory

Research – “Systems, Resilience, and Organization: Analogies and Points of Contact with Hierarchy Theory”

Vincenzo De Florio – PATS research group, University of Antwerp & iMinds Research Institute, Middelheimlaan 1, 2020 Antwerpen, Belgium
In submission as a chapter for inclusion in the forthcoming book “Evolutionary Theory: A Hierarchical Perspective,” an interdisciplinary collaborative project supported by the John Templeton Foundation Grant 39982 (group leaders: Niles Eldredge and Telmo Pievani)

Aim of this paper is to provide preliminary elements for discussion about the implications of the Hierarchy Theory of Evolution on the design and evolution of artificial systems and socio-technical organizations. In order to achieve this goal, a number of analogies are drawn between the System of Leibniz; the socio-technical architecture known as Fractal Social Organization; resilience and related disciplines; and Hierarchy Theory. In so doing we hope to provide elements for reflection and, hopefully, enrich the discussion on the above topics with considerations pertaining to related fields and disciplines, including computer science, management science, cybernetics, social systems, and general systems theory.

“Systems, Resilience, and Organization: Analogies and Points of Contact with Hierarchy Theory”

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