The increasing complexity of managing information systems encourages researchers, vendors, and enterprises to develop new approaches in order to cope with this challenge. This paper focuses on a survey of self-organization mechanisms and discusses the relevance for the improvement of information systems, i.e. by reducing administration labor. The survey includes the concepts of self-organization and emergence, consisting of successful natural mechanisms discovered in biology and other natural sciences. The purpose of the survey is to serve as a source of inspiration for adaptations and implementations of such mechanisms, eventually leading to better, self-organizing information systems.
Miede, Andre; Repp, Nicolas; Eckert, Julian; and Steinmetz, Ralf, "Self-Organization Mechanisms for Information Systems - A Survey" (2008). AMCIS 2008 Proceedings. 60.