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ABSTRACT: If one accepts that a rm's behavior is determined by history-dependent capabilities that adapt in a goal-directed way one would like to know how a rm's organizational structure inuences the way in which this distributed and partially tacit organizational memory evolves over time. In this paper, we study the impact that alternative information systems, incentive systems and modes of learning co-ordination have on the eciency and generality of priority rules for job shop scheduling which are learnt by a network of production agents modeled by neural networks. When modeling the alternative organizational structures by dierent input layers, feedback and training methods, we nd that ecient rules evolve when global incentives and synchronized learning are employed even if the system state is only partially known to an agent. However, organizational learning fails when it is performed asynchronously with local goals. 1 Introduction 1.1 Contractual and Evolutionary Theories ...
Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 02/2002; 47(2):141-163. · 1.01 Impact Factor