Roots of Collaboration: Nature-inspired solutions for collaborative networks

Luis M. Camarinha-Matos, Hamideh Afsarmanesh

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Last decades have witnessed considerable growth in formation of collaborative networks in industry and services, as well as in the rest of society. This trend is boosted by progress in information and communication technologies, and more specifically by ubiquitous access to computing and fast move toward the hyper-connected world. But, this growth has also raised fundamental questions regarding its effectiveness and sustainability of networks. On the other hand, nature is full of examples of successful collaborative processes, both intra- and inter-species. Hence, we consider learning from nature to provide a promising strategy toward both better understanding of collaboration and more effective designing of networks with sustained collaboration. As such, a systematic literature survey is conducted on recent works originated in nature-related disciplines with a focus on collaboration. As a result, a set of important organizational models, collaborative behavior patterns, and collaboration facilitation mechanisms are identified and categorized. Furthermore, our analysis results on potential contribution of such aspects to more intelligent and optimized collaborative networks area are briefly outlined.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30829-30843
Number of pages15
JournalIEEE Access
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • biomimetics
  • Collaboration
  • collaboration mechanisms
  • collaborative behavior
  • collaborative networks

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