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The term emergent organizations (alternatively emergent organisations) first appeared in the late 1990s and was the topic of the Seventh Annual Washington Evolutionary Systems Conference at University of Ghent, Belgium in May, 1999.

An emergent organization differs from a traditional organization in that its existence spontaneously emerges from and exists in a complex dynamic environment or market place, rather than being a construct or copy of something that already exists.

Emergent organizations and their dynamics pose interesting questions; for example, how does such an organization achieve closure and stability?

Alternatively, James R. Taylor wrote in 2000 his seminal book, The Emergent Organization, where he suggests that all organizations emerge from communication, especially from the interplay of conversation and text. This idea concerns human organizations, but is consistent with Leibniz or Gabriel Tarde's monadology, or with Alfred North Whitehead's process philosophy, which explains the macro - both in human and non-human "societies" - from the processes taking place between its constituent parts.

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