Agent-based simulation in management and organizational studies: a survey

Nelson Alfonso Gómez-Cruz, Isabella Loaiza Saa, Francisco Fernando Ortega Hurtado

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to provide a comprehensive survey of the literature about the use of agent-based simulation (ABS) in the study of organizational behavior, decision making, and problem-solving. It aims at contributing to the consolidation of ABS as a field of applied research in management and organizational studies. Design/methodology/approach: The authors carried out a non-systematic search in literature published between 2000 and 2016, by using the keyword “agent-based” to search through Scopus’ business, management and accounting database. Additional search criteria were devised using the papers’ keywords and the categories defined by the divisions and interest groups of the Academy of Management. The authors found 181 articles for this survey. Findings: The survey shows that ABS provides a robust and rigorous framework to elaborate descriptions, explanations, predictions and theories about organizations and their processes as well as develop tools that support strategic and operational decision making and problem-solving. The authors show that the areas that report the highest number of applications are operations and logistics (37 percent), marketing (17 percent) and organizational behavior (14 percent). Originality/value: The paper illustrates the increasingly prominent role of ABS in fields such as organizational behavior, strategy, human resources, marketing and logistics. To-date, this is the most complete survey about ABS in all management areas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)313-328
Number of pages16
JournalEuropean Journal of Management and Business Economics
Volume26
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

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Organizational studies
Agent-based simulation
Management studies
Organizational behaviour
Problem solving
Decision making
Marketing
Key words
Logistics
Interest groups
Agent-based
Business management
Consolidation
Human resource strategies
Organization theory
Data base
Prediction
Design methodology
Applied research

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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Gómez-Cruz, Nelson Alfonso ; Loaiza Saa, Isabella ; Ortega Hurtado, Francisco Fernando. / Agent-based simulation in management and organizational studies : a survey. In: European Journal of Management and Business Economics. 2017 ; Vol. 26, No. 3. pp. 313-328.
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Agent-based simulation in management and organizational studies : a survey. / Gómez-Cruz, Nelson Alfonso; Loaiza Saa, Isabella; Ortega Hurtado, Francisco Fernando.

In: European Journal of Management and Business Economics, Vol. 26, No. 3, 01.01.2017, p. 313-328.

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