Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences, Vol. 18, Iss. 4, October, 2014, pp. 419-434
@2014 Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology & Life Sciences


Simulating Self-organization and Interference between Certain Hierarchical Structures

Stanislaw Raczynski, Universidad Panamericana, Mexico City, Mexico

Abstract: A model of the dynamics and interactions between organizations with self-organizing hierarchical structures is presented for discrete events. The active objects of the model are individuals (people, organization members). The parameters of an individual are ability, corruption level, resources, and lust for power, among others. Three organizations are generated and interact with each other, attempting to gain more members and power. The individuals appear and disappear, due to a simple ”birth-and-death” process. If an individual disappears from the model, a corresponding reconfiguration in the hierarchical structure occurs. The organization”s growth and macro-patterns are the result of the activities of the individuals. The aim of the simulation is to visualize the evolution of the organizations and the stability of the whole system. A ”steady state” for the model is rare; instead, in most parameter configurations, the model enters into oscillations.

Keywords: simulation, modeling, organization model, discrete event, agent-based, social simulation, soft systems