Accession Number : AD0624941

Title :   COMPUTER SIMULATION OF ROLE CONFLICT RESOLUTION,

Corporate Author : SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Gullahorn,John T. ; Gullahorn,Jeanne E.

Report Date : 09 NOV 1965

Pagination or Media Count : 22

Abstract : The paper reports progress on computer simulations of role conflict using HOMUNCULUS, an operating computer model based on George Homans' theory of elementary social behavior. The role conflict data selected for simulation come from the senior author's questionnaire study of the impact of personal preference and referencegroup pressures on decisions concerning role performance. Simulations of three role conflict situations are described, and computer-generated data are compared with actual responses of survey participants. The results demonstrate that through computer simulation it is possible to represent and to test alternative theoretical formulations and to choose the one producing data best approximating findings from living subjects. Since the simulated responses follow as direct consequences of the information-processing routines that operationally express the hypotheses, these data involve no extraneous, implicit influences. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT, DECISION MAKING), (*COMPUTERS, PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT), SIMULATION, SOCIAL COMMUNICATION

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Computer Hardware

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE