As technology continues to integrate with business systems the complexity of internal systemic interactions as well as those with the environment become harder to model with the extant techniques. This can largely be attributed to “emergent” qualities that become more prevalent as complexity increases. Emergence is the principle where an unexpected property or quality may “emerge” as a result of a multitude of simple interactions. Furthermore self-organization of a system is a type of emergent property of a system where the part is able to self organize according to the holistic functioning of the system.
To address the problem of complexity we look to complex systems that display self-organization. A deeper analysis of these systems elicits a common architecture that engenders the appearance of self-organization as an emergent systemic property.