As a beginner researcher in an interdisciplinary field, studying complex systems and, especially, complex socio-technical systems are some of my research interests. From time to time, I hear and read (I haven't yet had a chance to perform a proper literature review) that some researchers apply ecological methods to studying the above-mentioned complex socio-technical systems. I would be interested in learning more about possibilities of such applications and, perhaps, would consider trying to apply those methods (after learning them, of course) to domains of my interest.
With that in mind, I am curious about the rationale (arguments or theoretical foundations) that supports methods, used for biological systems with embedded food chains to socio-technical systems that lack such features. I realize that, potentially, cases can be made that food chains and related processes are similar (in a statistical modeling sense) to socio-technical processes, which are completely different in nature, but very similar in "mechanics". For example, one might argue that knowledge sharing processes follow the same underlying nature laws (which?) that govern biological ecosystems' food chains (and/or some other processes within that subject domain).
P.S. Since couldn't find more appropriate tags, I have used ones that are IMHO quite relevant.