The nature and behaviour of complex system archetypes
by Walt Akers; Charles B. Keating; Adrian Gheorghe; Andres Sousa-Poza
International Journal of System of Systems Engineering (IJSSE), Vol. 6, No. 4, 2015

Abstract: This paper discusses the history of archetypes, their application across various disciplines, and their traditional meaning within the domain of systems theory. In discussing the existing forms, a need is identified for archetypes that can be used to evaluate complex system behaviour. The generalised archetypical environment discussed is framed in terms of time, entropy and variety. Within this environmental framework, six complex system archetypes are developed and described in terms of systems principles and real-world manifestations.

Online publication date: Thu, 24-Mar-2016

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