Lambèr M. M. Royakkers

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We analyze the notion of organizational structure in multiagent systems and explain the precise added value and the effects of such organizational structure on the involved agents. To pursue this aim, contributions from social and organization theory are considered which provide a solid theoretical foundation to this analysis. We argue that organizational(More)
This work addresses the issue of obligations directed to groups of agents. Our main concern consists in providing a formal analysis of the structure connecting collective obligations to individual ones: which individual agent in a group should be held responsible if an obligation directed to the whole group is not fulfilled? To this aim, concepts from(More)
A multi-agent system can be analyzed and specified as an organization consisting of roles and their relations. The performance of an organization depends on many factors among which the type of its organizational structure, i.e., the set of relations holding between its roles. This work focuses on the structure of organizations and addresses the issue of(More)
In some situations in which undesirable collective effects occur, it is very hard, if not impossible, to hold any individual reasonably responsible. Such a situation may be referred to as the problem of many hands. In this paper we investigate how the problem of many hands can best be understood and why, and when, it exactly constitutes a problem. After(More)