heterarchy


Also found in: Financial, Wikipedia.

heterarchy

(ˈhɛtərɑːkɪ)
n
(Logic) linguistics a formal structure, usually represented by a diagram of connected nodes, without any single permanent uppermost node. Compare hierarchy5, tree6
[from Greek heteros other, different + archē sovereignty]
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
Flat leadership and heterarchy, where leaders operate in strategic alliances rather than top-down command-and-control, is the new world of business (Stark, 2009).
First is centralized upper control system based on hierarchy and the second is the self-organizing control system based on heterarchy [4].
Birmingham-based CWA is working with Heterarchy Interior Architecture which is handling the design.
In addition to the archaeological evidence, the argument is anchored in an impressive range of anthropological theoretical perspectives, including those developed by Susan and Roderick McIntosh about heterarchy in the Inland Niger Delta and at Jenne-Jeno.
54) Both heterarchy and ontological paradox are elements that seemingly adduce to microfiction's postmodernist aesthetic.
Heterarchy and participatory cultures provide opportunities to investigate the interaction between prominent online community leaders and institutions as an emergent internet governance model.
Their topics include African political actors in "ungoverned spaces:" towards a theory of heterarchy, the diaspora as actors in contemporary Nigerian politics, how civil society organizations in Africa can foster good governance, baraka as a basis of the authority of Muslim leaders in Senegal, socio-cultural factors and political leadership in Ghana, and local conflict and the weak state.
As opposed to a hierarchy, the combat cloud is constructed more like a heterarchy, where connected nodes operate independently from any associated ranking.
Ecocriticism provides theories and methods for analyzing the ideologies at work in literature and other forms of cultural activity in terms of their positions on human-rest of nature relationships, environmental science, hierarchy and heterarchy, ethics and behaviors.
They are of critical importance, because they are liminal: They are characterized by a lack of social markers and an in-between stage of social heterarchy that renders all actors equal, for the time being.
Time to dust off my snow boots, pack my warmest coat, and check my dictionary to find out the difference between hierarchy and heterarchy.