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In this paper, we present an abstract structure called dependence graph, an extension of the notion of dependence network, as proposed in  . While this latter can be applied to express a set of dependence relations of a single agent, this new structure can be applied to the multi-agent case. It can be used, therefore, for the study of emerging social structures, such as groups and collectives, and may form a knowledge base for managing complexity in both competitive and organisational ordoi:10.1145/544741.544855 dblp:conf/atal/SichmanC02 fatcat:q6jtymjmxvcmfco27ooxulf2hu