The purpose of this paper is to address the problem of designing artificial complex adaptive systems, like information systems and organisations, by developing a proof‐of‐concept conceptual proto‐agent model.
The paper develops an exploratory proto‐agent model and evaluates its suitability for implementation as agent‐based simulation.
The paper focuses on understanding the effect of emergence when designing artificial complex adaptive systems and produces a proto‐agent model that identified agents and their behavioural rules for modelling.
In deferred action, agents act in emergent organisation to achieve predetermined goals. Since emergence cannot be predicted, information systems and organisation design approaches that cater for emergent organisation are required.
The deferred action construct is a synthesis of planned approaches and contingency approaches to design information systems. It recognises the effect of emergence on information systems.
Patel, N.V., Eldabi, T. and Khan, T.M. (2010), "Theory of deferred action: Agent‐based simulation model for designing complex adaptive systems", Journal of Enterprise Information Management, Vol. 23 No. 4, pp. 521-537. https://doi.org/10.1108/17410391011061799Download as .RIS
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