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Informal Networks ABM: The Company Behind the Org Chart

Goal: Develop a computational agent-based model (ABM) to simulate work and information flow over both formal, hierarchical networks and informal networks that cross organizational boundaries.

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Few computational network models contrasting formal organization and informal networks have been published. A generalized organizational agent-based model (ABM) containing both formal organizational hierarchy and informal social networks was developed to simulate organizational processes that occur over both formal network ties and informal networks. Preliminary results from the current effort demonstrate “traffic jams” of work at the problematic middle manager level, which varies with the degree of micromanagement culture and supervisory span of control. Results also indicate that some informal network ties are used reciprocally while others are practically unidirectional.
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Video (on YouTube) of a couple of model runs with different parameters: https://youtu.be/0e7OtqKqZ38
 
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Develop a computational agent-based model (ABM) to simulate work and information flow over both formal, hierarchical networks and informal networks that cross organizational boundaries.