Accession Number : AD0611870

Title :   COMPUTER SIMULATION MODELS FOR ORGANIZATION THEORY,

Corporate Author : TUFTS UNIV MEDFORD MASS

Personal Author(s) : Roby,Thornton B.

Report Date : 1964

Pagination or Media Count : 76

Abstract : A theoretical discussion is presented on the utilization of computers in analyzing organization theory. The computer simulation model is considered a novel and unique theoretical tool. Three aspects of the model are considered: the structure of the initial nucleus from which the model is refined and elaborated; the substantive elements or building blocks of which the model is constructed; and the language in which the model is couched. The process of testing and revising the computer model, and its relationship to empirical data, is discussed. A four-stage testing process is outlined: internal testing, initial tests of ad hoc validity, tests of extended validity or generalizability, and process evaluation.

Descriptors :   (*COMPUTERS, SIMULATION), (*SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, THEORY), (*CYBERNETICS, APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY), GROUP DYNAMICS, DECISION MAKING, MANAGEMENT ENGINEERING, SOCIOLOGY, MATHEMATICAL MODELS

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE