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Self-organization in Economics. Introduction


  • Paulré, Bernard

    () (Centre d'Économie de la Sorbonne (Sorbonne Economic Centre) Université Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne))


Self-organization can be defined in many ways. Briefly, we can say that a selforganizing system is a system whose basic structure changes relatively to experience without explicit constraints from environment. Form constraints result from the interactions between the components of the system. For example, according to Paul Cilliers: The capacity for self-organization is a property of complex systems which enables them to develop or change interval structure spontaneously and adaptively in order to cope with or manipulate, their environment (1998).

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  • Paulré, Bernard, 2005. "Self-organization in Economics. Introduction," European Journal of Economic and Social Systems, Lavoisier, vol. 18(2), pages 157-165.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:ejessy:0111

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    self-organization; economic systems; complexity;

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    • D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory


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