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Flock Theory: A New Model of Emergent Self-Organization in Human Interaction
Unformatted Document Text:  Flock Theory 14 original tenets of “Boids” in human contexts. What follows are the formal axioms and corresponding tenets of Flock Theory, presented with supporting social science research. Axiom 1: Distance optimization Tenet A: Separation; close but not too close (Extreme Cohesion) Tenet B: Cohesion; far but not too far (Extreme Dissenters) Axiom 2: Motion Replication Tenet A: Direction Matching; match direction of group members (Goals) Tenet B: Velocity Matching; match velocity of group members (Tempo) Axiom 3: Leadership maintenance (Goose Rules) Tenet A: Group leaders must shift in an efficient and timely manner (Passing the Gavel) Tenet B: Leaders must guide the group towards the goal or destination (Purpose) Explanation of Axioms Axiom 1: Distance optimization Axiom 1 captures the concept explained by Eisenberg (1990) as the balance of autonomy and interdependence, the “close but not too close, far but not too far” element. This is because groups that foster excessive autonomy dissolve and groups that foster too much independence stifle creativity. This also allows for the importance of coordinated beliefs to diminish as the focus is on the coordination of action. Organization is created by the shared repertoire of communicative behaviors. The balance of the two tenets being presented is a motivation to reveal that they are separate factors, much like Herzberg's Motivation-Hygiene Theory (Herzberg, 1968) where job satisfaction and dissatisfaction were found not to be opposites, but distinct factors.

Authors: Rosen, Devan.
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Flock Theory 14
original tenets of “Boids” in human contexts. What follows are the formal axioms and
corresponding tenets of Flock Theory, presented with supporting social science research.
Axiom 1: Distance optimization
Tenet A: Separation; close but not too close (Extreme Cohesion)
Tenet B: Cohesion; far but not too far (Extreme Dissenters)
Axiom 2: Motion Replication
Tenet A: Direction Matching; match direction of group members (Goals)
Tenet B: Velocity Matching; match velocity of group members (Tempo)
Axiom 3: Leadership maintenance (Goose Rules)
Tenet A: Group leaders must shift in an efficient and timely manner (Passing the Gavel)
Tenet B: Leaders must guide the group towards the goal or destination (Purpose)
Explanation of Axioms
Axiom 1: Distance optimization
Axiom 1 captures the concept explained by Eisenberg (1990) as the balance of autonomy
and interdependence, the “close but not too close, far but not too far” element. This is because
groups that foster excessive autonomy dissolve and groups that foster too much independence
stifle creativity. This also allows for the importance of coordinated beliefs to diminish as the
focus is on the coordination of action. Organization is created by the shared repertoire of
communicative behaviors. The balance of the two tenets being presented is a motivation to
reveal that they are separate factors, much like Herzberg's Motivation-Hygiene Theory
(Herzberg, 1968) where job satisfaction and dissatisfaction were found not to be opposites, but
distinct factors.


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