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Flock Theory: A New Model of Emergent Self-Organization in Human Interaction

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This paper introduces a new theory of emergent self-organization in human interaction. Flock Theory draws from a theoretical basis of emergence and self-organizing systems (Contractor, 1994; Hodgson, 2000; Monge & Contractor, 2001; Monge & Eisenberg, 1987). Likewise, two other important theoretical works are offered, Eric Eisenberg’s work on the transcendent organization of jamming (Eisenberg, 1990), and R. Keith Sawyers’ work on the Emergence of Creativity (Sawyer, 1999). Catalyzed by a computer graphic simulation of a flock of birds by Craig Reynolds (Reynolds, 1987), and conceived to model jazz improvisation, Flock Theory is presented axiomatically. Focusing on the optimization of group members’ distance, the maintenance of leadership, and matching of direction of other individuals, this theory poses a model of human interaction that captures the potentially egalitarian effects of a cooperative evolution. Methods and applications of Flock Theory extend across disciplines, from task groups to online interaction.

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Rosen, Devan. "Flock Theory: A New Model of Emergent Self-Organization in Human Interaction" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA, May 27, 2003 <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p111552_index.html>

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Rosen, D. , 2003-05-27 "Flock Theory: A New Model of Emergent Self-Organization in Human Interaction" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA Online <.PDF>. 2009-05-26 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p111552_index.html

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Abstract: This paper introduces a new theory of emergent self-organization in human interaction. Flock Theory draws from a theoretical basis of emergence and self-organizing systems (Contractor, 1994; Hodgson, 2000; Monge & Contractor, 2001; Monge & Eisenberg, 1987). Likewise, two other important theoretical works are offered, Eric Eisenberg’s work on the transcendent organization of jamming (Eisenberg, 1990), and R. Keith Sawyers’ work on the Emergence of Creativity (Sawyer, 1999). Catalyzed by a computer graphic simulation of a flock of birds by Craig Reynolds (Reynolds, 1987), and conceived to model jazz improvisation, Flock Theory is presented axiomatically. Focusing on the optimization of group members’ distance, the maintenance of leadership, and matching of direction of other individuals, this theory poses a model of human interaction that captures the potentially egalitarian effects of a cooperative evolution. Methods and applications of Flock Theory extend across disciplines, from task groups to online interaction.

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Flock Theory 1 Running Head: Flock Theory Flock Theory: A New Model of Emergent Self-Organization in Human Interaction Flock Theory 2 Flock Theory: A New Model of Emergent Self-Organization in Human Interaction Tracking # - ICA-7-11675 Abstract This paper introduces a new theory of emergent self-organization in human interaction. Flock theory draws from a theoretical basis of emergence and self-organizing systems (Contractor 1994; Hodgson 2000; Monge & Contractor 2001; Monge & Eisenberg 1987). Likewise two other important theoretical works
Flock Theory 28 Table 1: Flock Theory Axiom 1: Tenet A: Separation; close but not too close (Extreme Cohesion) Distance Optimization Tenet B: Cohesion; far but not too far (Extreme Dissenters) Axiom 2: Tenet A: Direction Matching; match direction of group members(Goals) Motion Replication Tenet B: Velocity Matching; match velocity of group members (Tempo) Axiom 3: Leadership Tenet A: Group leaders must shift in an efficient and timely manner maintenance (Passing the Gavel) (Goose Rules) Tenet B: Leaders must


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