structure determines behavior


a popular moniker of systems thinking that importantly links the behavior of a system to its underlying structure; Because DSRP Theory is a physico-cognitive theory or "bridge theory," it elucidates this structure in both mental models and in real-world systems;

Also, in VMCL, structure determines behavior is intimately tied to the structural Capacity (C) of an organization's system of systems and their ability to drive the behavior of Mission (M).