Interactive distributed and networked autonomous systems: delegation or participation

Networks of autonomous systems in dynamic environments are explored within multi-agent system research and development and within autonomic computing. Self-management is core, self-configuration often necessary. Current literature distinguishes two types of assignment: (1)n delegating a system to perform a task, and (2) mandating a system to perform a task. These two types of assignment, however, do not suffice. This paper explores the need for a new type of assignment in networks of autonomous systems, participation.