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The paper considers two seemingly different fundamental theoretical concepts of autopoiesis and homeostasis and tries to apply them to the realm of socio-technical systems. The paper uses a so-called Fractal Enterprise Model (FEM) to explain how autopoiesis – a system constantly reproducing itself - and homeosta-sis – a system constantly maintaining an approximate identity while adapting to changes in its internal and external environment – works, and how they are con-nected to each other. The work presented in this paper is in its initial stage, and more efforts are required to convert the ideas presented in the paper to something that can be used in practice.

The paper considers two seemingly different fundamental theoretical concepts of autopoiesis and homeostasis and tries to apply them to the realm of socio-technical systems. The paper uses a so-called Fractal Enterprise Model (FEM) to explain how autopoiesis – a system constantly reproducing itself - and homeosta-sis – a system constantly maintaining an approximate identity while adapting to changes in its internal and external environment – works, and how they are con-nected to each other. The work presented in this paper is in its initial stage, and more efforts are required to convert the ideas presented in the paper to something that can be used in practice.

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Linking Autopoiesis to Homeostasis in Socio-Technical Systems

  1. 1. DSV SU Linking Autopoiesis to Homeostasis in Socio- Technical Systems 1 Ilia Bider, Gil Regev and Erik Perjons 8/17/2019 5th International Workshop on Socio-Technical Perspective in IS Development (STPIS'19) , Stockholm, June 10, 2019 Links to the video of presentation and text of the article are on the last slide
  2. 2. 8/17/2019 DSV SU Objective Introduce two system-theoretical concepts - autopoiesis and homeostasis - into the realm of socio-technical systems using Fractal Enterprise Model (FEM) for this end. Both concepts concepts comes from biology: Maturana and Varela – Autopiesis Canon - homeostasis 2
  3. 3. 8/17/2019 DSV SU Working definition (a) Autopoiesis – a system constantly reproduces itself through a network of interconnected processes that reproduce its components 3
  4. 4. 8/17/2019 DSV SU Working definition (b) Homeostasis – a system adapts to the changes in its environment while maintaining its identity (whatever it is). 4
  5. 5. 8/17/2019 DSV SU Questions 1. What is reproduced in a socio-technical system(body)? 2. How it is done (network of processes)? 3. How the autopoietic activities help to maintain homeostasis, i.e. adapting the system to the changes in its environment while maintaining identity. 5
  6. 6. 8/17/2019 DSV SU Fractal Enterprise Model (FEM) 6
  7. 7. 8/17/2019 DSV SU What is reproduced and how 7
  8. 8. 8/17/2019 DSV SU Adaptation 8
  9. 9. 8/17/2019 DSV SU Identity 9
  10. 10. 8/17/2019 DSV SU Conclusion Introduce two system-theoretical concepts - autopoiesis and homeostasis - into the realm of socio-technical systems using Fractal Enterprise Model (FEM) for this end. The work is in initial stage - ideas rather than something that could be used in practice 10
  11. 11. 8/17/2019 DSV SU Q & A Thank you for your patience Questions and comments Please Contact: ilia@dsv.su.se Link to the video of presentation: https://youtu.be/uh2QPKAKbgg Link to the text of the article. http://bit.ly/2HaI0PW 11

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