Computational Organisation Theory

ESSA Special Interest Group on Computational Organisation Theory

Session chair:
César García-Díaz (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia)
Abhijit Sengupta (University of Essex)

Computational organisation theory involves understanding organisational processes by means of computer simulation. It considers organisations as complex adaptive systems where the processes of organising are dependent on factors such as structural interdependencies among organisational subunits and individual behaviour. Both intra-organisational issues (e.g., relationship between organisational structure and performance characteristics) and inter-organisational processes (e.g., firm strategy and competition dynamics) are of interest to this session.

Examples related to computational organisation theory include, but are not limited to, the following: Understanding the relationship between routines and generative explanations of organisational performance; firm behaviour and supply chain dynamics; organisational networks; computation, organisations and evolution; organisational design; markets; learning in organisations; computational models of strategy; coevolution of individual and structure; and team behaviour.

Both theoretical and methodological papers, as well as applications to real contexts are of interest. Diverse computational approaches are welcome (e.g. agent-based modelling, dynamic simulation, discrete-event modelling, etc.)

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