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Abstract: "This paper has three purposes: first, to define a space of organizations for computer-based agents; second, to identify a fuzzy subset (called [delta]3[phi]) of this space that contains organizations that are open, parallel and effective; and third, to illustrate how members (called asynchronous teams) of this subset can be realized. These teams are characterized by autonomous agents that work in parallel on populations of solutions. As such, they have features in common with a number of well known organizations. Blackboards, parallel implementations of genetic algorithms and certain recurrent neural nets are examples. But these examples occur at the very outermost fringes of the [delta]3[phi] subset. Its interior remains unexplored. We begin that exploration here."