Publication type: Conference paper
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Communicational patterns as basis of organizational structures
Authors: Albrecht, Steffen
Lübcke, Maren
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-25867-4_2
Proceedings: Regulated agent-based social systems
Editors of the parent work: Lindemann, Gabriela
Moldt, Daniel
Paolucci, Mario
Page(s): 16
Pages to: 30
Conference details: First International Workshop (RASTA 2002), Bologna, Italy, 16 July 2002
Issue Date: 2004
Series: Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Series volume: 2934
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Springer
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Berlin
Language: English
Subjects: Structure; Online-consultation; Social network analysis
Subject (DDC): 004: Computer science
658.1: Organization and finance
Abstract: Researchers in Distributed Artificial Intelligence have employed the notion of “organization” to guide the design of distributed software systems. There is a growing consciousness that MAS designers have to be aware of the social factors underlying the formal organizational design. The study presented in this paper attempts to contribute to this development threefold: on a conceptual level, we offer a notion of organizational structures grounded in the theory of social systems according to Niklas Luhmann. On a methodological level, we employ methods of social network analysis as a tool for the detection and operationalization of such structures. Empirically, we demonstrate what results can be obtained by this approach to the observation of communicational patterns. With this study, we exemplify the fruitfulness and the scope of the novel perspective on organization for the design of MAS.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: School of Management and Law
Organisational Unit: Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (ZID)
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