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Organizational modelling and simulation is a relatively new field and this might explain the fact that there aren't many books about the topic. This is why this is such an important book. Not only does this book tackle the topic of organizational modelling, but the the papers are of the highest qualities. Usually edited books are not as coherent as single author books, but in this case the fact that different chapters were written by different people is an advantage. Each chapter discusses a different modelling technique that is used to explain a different issue. This variety in methods makes the book an excellent reference. I would also recommend 'Dynamics of Organizations' which is also an edited book. However, if you planned to buy just one book, then Simulating Organizations is the one that I would recommend the most.
Simulating Organizations: Computational Models of Institutions and Groups Overview
The globalization of the economy, increasing number of transnational organizations, and rapid changes in robotics, information, and telecommunication technologies are just a few of the factors significantly altering organizational time scales, forms, complexity, and environments. Time scales have shrunk, new organizational forms are emerging, and organizational environments are expanding and mutating at unprecedented rates. Computational modeling affords opportunities to both understand and respond to these complex changes. Paralleling developments in the physical sciences, computational modeling is emerging in the social and organizational sciences. Organizational researchers are using computational models to gain insights into organizational phenomena and to explore dynamic processes and configurations that are difficult or impossible to investigate with other methods. Many interesting insights have already resulted from this research, such as how group cooperation arises or dissipates in social dilemma settings, and how honesty and benevolence affect behavior in a group task. On the practical side, computational modeling is increasingly effective for organizational design, analysis, and reengineering. Although a great deal of work remains to be done, the era is approaching when both theorists and practitioners will routinely state theories, design organizations, and derive their implications using widely shared computational tools. This volume brings together a range of work from many of the leading researchers in the field. Contributors: Mihai Barbuceanu, Richard Burton, Kathleen Carley, Keith Decker, Edmund Durfee, Mark S. Fox, Natalie Glance, Michael Gruninger, Bernardo Huberman, MinCheol Kang, David Kaplan, Zhiang Lin, Michael Prietula, Kent Sandoe, Walt Scacchi, Young-pa So, William Wallace, Laurie Weissel.
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