The term emergent organizations (alternatively emergent organisations) first apeared 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: how does such an organization achieve closure and stability?

See also

Natural selection, Philosophy, Evolution, Self-organizing system, Organizational behavior, Organizational development, Business, Economics