Exploring Congruence Between Organizational Structure and Task Performance: A Simulation Approach

  • Frank Dignum
  • Virginia Dignum
  • Liz Sonenberg
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3913)


Reorganization of the structure of an organization is a crucial issue in multi-agent systems that operate in an open, dynamic environment. Ideally, autonomous agents must be able to evaluate and decide the most appropriate organization given the environment conditions. That is, there is a need for dynamic reorganization of coordination structures. In this paper, we describe how simulation studies could help to determine whether and how reorganization should take place, and present a simulation scenario that can be used to evaluate the congruence, or fit, between organizational structure and task performance. Preliminary results using a simulation environment illustrate how one can explore triggers for reorganization and compare strategies.


MultiAgent System Organizational Performance Organizational Goal Initial Food Organizational Adaptation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frank Dignum
    • 1
  • Virginia Dignum
    • 1
  • Liz Sonenberg
    • 2
  1. 1.ICSUtrecht UniversityThe Netherlands
  2. 2.DISUniversity of MelbourneAustralia

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