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Towards an Integral Approach of Organizations in Multi-Agent Systems

Abstract : In this chapter, we stress the importance of thinking a MAS in all its aspects (agents, environment, interactions, organizations, and institutions), using a more integral vision. We show that a genuine organizational approach has to take into account both the environment and the institutional part of MAS societies. Then, we propose the MASQ (Multi-Agent System based on Quadrants) meta-model, which constitutes an abstraction of the various aspects of an OCMAS (Organization Centered Multi-Agent Systems), extending AGR (Agent/Group/Role). MASQ is based on a four-quadrant framework, where the analysis and design of a system is performed along two axes: an interior/exterior dimension and an individual/collective dimension. We give a conceptual definition of this approach and we will show that it is possible to apply it to practical models.
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Jacques Ferber, Tiberiu Stratulat, John Tranier. Towards an Integral Approach of Organizations in Multi-Agent Systems. Virginia Dignum. Handbook of Research on Multi-Agent Systems: Semantics and Dynamics of Organizational Models, IGI Global, pp.51-75, 2009, 978-1-60566-256-5. ⟨lirmm-00364361⟩



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