Adaptive systems are systems that have open boundaries to interact with the external and internal environment.
The difference between adaptive systems and systemic systems is that the first ones are driven by taxonomic procedures.
Taxonomic procedures are those that are ruled by an ontological logic that has to be followed in order to achieve the planned results. Nature is an adaptive system.
Businesses are typical adaptive systems. They are entities that interact with the environment having the characteristics of a complex system but with an implicit and explicit duty to produce a predefined result.
We use the word “business” as a synonym of “work”. Healthcare is a paradigmatic case of dealing with adaptive systems.
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