Date of Award
Master of Science
MOTL/O embodies the MOTL paradigm and models organizational adaptation. We report progress on developing computational tools for systematically altering organizational components. This adds a novel dimension to MOTL (Hexmoor, et.al., 2008). This extension is necessary to allow communities of agents or robots to reconfigure their organizational structure in response to changes in the environment. Traditional approach of a hierarchical command and control (C2) structure is ineffective (Alberts & Hayes, 2003). Recently, an edge organization has been proposed as a more suitable alternative Command and control structure in the current information age, due to its empowerment of the edge members, better shared awareness among all the members in the organization, interoperability and most importantly, agility and adaptability to dynamic situations (Chang, 2005). We will explore principled mechanisms for converting a hierarchical organization to an edge type organization. Other than structural differences, organizations differ in information flow network and information sharing strategies. We move toward a solution for organizational adaptation. Beyond current project, many other types of organizational adaptation are possible and require much further research that we anticipate for our future work. This task will lay the foundation for automatic organizational adaptation. This report begins by outlining related work and background in section 2. In section 3 we
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