Socionics pp 132-154 | Cite as

Scalability, Scaling Processes, and the Management of Complexity. A System Theoretical Approach

  • Kai Paetow
  • Marco Schmitt
  • Thomas Malsch
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3413)


This work proposes a system theoretical framework for analyzing scalability and scaling processes. Our aim is to clarify the vocabulary used in the debate on scalability issues in multi-agent systems. We, therefore, refer to the terminology of Niklas Luhmann’s sociological system theory and general complexity science. To evaluate the heuristic strength of the analytical framework, it is applied to a particular socionic model of a scalable system. Finally, we introduce some proposals for the modelling of scalable multi-agent systems from a sociological point of view. More specifically and system theoretically seen, such a scalable system has to be conceptualized as an organized multi-system system.


Organizational Form Multiagent System Scalable System Scaling Process Socionic Model 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kai Paetow
    • 1
  • Marco Schmitt
    • 1
  • Thomas Malsch
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Technology AssessmentHamburg University of TechnologyHamburgGermany

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