Contemporary Systems Thinking

Collective Beings

Authors: Minati, Gianfranco, Pessa, Eliano

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With collective behaviors playing a fundamental role in many scientific and technical disciplines, COLLECTIVE BEINGS focuses its attention on socio-economic applications to be used, for example, to increase corporate profitability and productivity. To this end, the book provides the reader with deep insights into modern conceptual tools of economy based on systemics.

In the book, collective behaviors are shown by systems composed of individual parts or agents. Moreover, COLLECTIVE BEINGS illuminates the interplay between system and individual in a remarkable new way: their collective beings give rise to systems having quite different behavior, namely that of the group and that of the individual agent. The authors always take the various aspects into account - for instance, the components of one system may be simultaneously the components of another system as well. They stress the importance of cognitive models used by the interacting agents, of the role of the observer and of the dynamic use of many cognitive models. The concept of being virtual in contradistinction to being actual is examined, and the role of ethical agreements is underlined, along with a careful discussion of different concepts of ethics as well as their relation to quality. Systemics is viewed as a cultural framework crossing disciplines and the final result is a book coined by a profound humanitarian attitude, in which the authors state that often 'technological solutions are designed for problems rather than for people having these problems.'

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • The Background to Systemics

    Pages 1-46

  • Generalizing Systemics and the Role of the Observer

    Pages 47-88

  • Emergence

    Pages 89-143

  • How to Model Emergence: Traditional Methods

    Pages 145-194

  • How to Model Emergence: Non-Traditional Methods

    Pages 195-290

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Collective Beings
Authors
Series Title
Contemporary Systems Thinking
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag US
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-35941-0
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-35941-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-35541-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-4205-0
Series ISSN
1568-2846
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 462
Number of Illustrations
26 b/w illustrations
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