I thought readers of the SOCNET List might be interested in this book. For
more information please visit http://mitpress.mit.edu/0262621525
Dynamics of Organizations
Computational Modeling and Organizational Theories
edited by Alessandro Lomi and Erik R. Larsen
An organization is more than the sum of its parts, and the individual
components that function as a complex social system can be understood only
by analyzing their collective behavior. This book shows how
state-of-the-art simulation methods, including genetic algorithms, neural
networks, and cellular automata, can be brought to bear on central problems
of organizational theory related to the emergence, permanence, and
dissolution of hierarchical macrostructures. The emphasis is on the
application of a new generation of equation- and agent-based computational
models that can help students of organizations to reformulate their basic
research questions starting from assumptions about how to link--rather than
separate--different levels of organizational analysis.
Alessandro Lomi is Professor of Organizational Theory and Behavior at the
School of Economics, University of Bologna. Erik R. Larsen is Professor of
Management at City University Business School, London.
David Barron, Matthew Bothner, Kathleen Carley, Glenn Carroll, Michael T.
Hannan, Richard Harrison, Vanessa Hill, Bernardo A. Huberman, David M.
Krackhardt, Erik R. Larsen, Daniel Levinthal, Christoph H. Loch, Alessandro
Lomi, Michael Macy, Franco Malerba, James March, John Miller, Richard
Nelson, Luigi Orsenigo, Laszlo Pólos, Michael Prietula, Anjali Sastry,
David Strang, Sezer Ülkü, Harrison C. White, Sidney Winter.
6 x 9, 352 pp.
paper ISBN 0-262-62152-5
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