Literally "autoproduction" (from the Greek), it is the process through which an organization produces itself. An autopoietic organization is an autonomous and self-maintaining unity which contains component-producing processes. The components, through their interaction, recursively generate the same network of processes which produced them. An autopoietic system is operationally closed and structurally state-determined with no apparent inputs and outputs. A cell, an organism, and perhaps a corporation are examples of autopoietic systems.
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