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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: AISB Workshop - Modelling Organisational Behaviour and Social Agency, 27-28 Jan 2014, Bournemouth, UK


The event is hosted by Bournemouth University, Executive Business Centre, 89 Holdenhurst Road, BH8 8EB, 
Bournemouth, UK

Agent-based models (ABMs) allow to observe the com-
plexity of a system's interactions in the making. This is of
interest for the social sciences because of a presumed onto-
logical correspondence of agents with the atoms of social life
(Squazzoni, 2012). An agent can be anything from states
Axelrod (1995) to socio-cultural structures (e.g., Neumann,
2008, 2010), to the environment (Drogul et al., 1995). This
methodological vagueness can be the scrutinised with the
theoretical question of what is the basic unit for the anal-
ysis of social systems in-between culture, organisation, in-
teractions, and the body (e.g., Gilbert, 2008; Gilbert &
Troitzsch, 2005). This is of particular relevance for the
analysis of organisations (Fioretti, 2013; Miller & Lin, 2010;
Secchi, 2013; Zhang & Zhang, 2007).
We would like to bring together a group of people that
is interested in any aspect of ABM of social agents in or-
ganisations. We invite submissions that seek to examine
the applications, structure, how-to, potentials, and philo-
sophical and theoretical underpinnings of ABMs applied
to organisational behaviour and social agency. The work-
shop welcomes contributions from any discipline, including
but not limited to psychology, sociology, management, com-
puter science, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, eco-
nomics, philosophy. Submissions may range from empirical
investigations to theoretical and philosophical studies.
The agenda of the workshop is set by but not restricted to
questions such as the following:
- How do individuals process information, internalise
norms, behaviours and, more broadly, set exchange
mechanisms with external resources?
- How may this be modelled as a socially distributed cog-
nitive system (Hutchins, 1995) that supports socially-
extended decision making (i.e., `docility' Simon, 1993;
Secchi & Bardone, 2009)?
- What are the advantages to analyse social and organi-
sational phenomena such as conict, unethical and ir-
rational behaviour, misinterpretation of norms, band-
wagon or snob effects via ABMs and how would this
advance our knowledge?
- What is the link, if any, between distributed cognition
(Hutchins, 1995) and ABMs?
Abstracts of up to 1,000 words (excluding references, ta-
bles, figures, etc.), double-space, standard font should
be submitted by November 3, 2013 , midnight, Lon-
don time. Recommendations on submitted abstracts will
be notified by December 1, 2013. Please send your
manuscript as an email attachment to Davide Secchi, ex-, subject line: "Paper Sub-
mission - ABM Workshop." Please feel free to email with
any questions you might have on proposals, fit, topics, pro-
cess, etc.
If your proposal is accepted, registration is expected by De-
cember 15 . All events sponsored by the AISB require par-
ticipants to become members of the society. Information on
membership can be found here .
We see this as a way to thank AISB for supporting the
Registration to the workshop is made via the regis-
tration form https://bournemouthbusiness.qualtrics.
com/SE/?SID=SV_eaqPFLcXymUjb7f . When registering you
will be asked to provide the AISB membership number as
proof that you are member and can attend the workshop.
Summary of important dates:
- November 3, 2013|submission deadline
- December 1, 2013|notice of acceptance
- December 15, 2013|registration deadline
- January 27-28, 2014|workshop
The plan is to publish the papers presented at the work-
shop in a book, edited by Davide Secchi and Martin Neu-
mann. If the workshop is successful, we may extend it to a
series of events and publication initiatives. This is a tenta-
tive schedule of what happens after the workshop:
-  March 16, 2014|submission of full papers
-  June 15, 2014|peer reviews due
-  July 13, 2014|revised chapters due
-  November-December 2014|publication (depends on
the publishing company)
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Drogul, A., Corbara, B., & Lalande, S. (1995). MANTA: New
experimental results on the emergence of (arti_cial) ant soci-
eties. In N. Gilbert & R. Conte (Eds.), Arti_cial Societies:
The Computer Simulation of Social Life. London: UCL Press.
Fioretti, G. (2013). Agent-based simulation models in organi-
zation science. Organizational Research Methods, 16 (2), 227{
Gilbert, N. (2008). Agent-Based Models, volume 153 of Quan-
titative Applications in the Social Sciences. Thousand Oaks,
CA: Sage.
Gilbert, N. & Troitzsch, K. G. (2005). Simulation for the Social
Scientist. Maidenhead, UK: Open University Press.
Hutchins, E. (1995). Cognition in the Wild. MIT Press: Cam-
bridge, MA.
Miller, K. D. & Lin, S.-J. (2010). Di_erent truths in di_erent
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Social Simulation, 11 (4), 6.
Neumann, M. (2010). Norm internalisation in human and ar-
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Secchi, D. (2013). Agent-based models for management: An
overview of advantages with one example. In European
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Secchi, D. & Bardone, E. (2009). Super-docility in organizations.
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12 (3), 339{379.
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of Business Research, 60, 912{922.