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Information, Knowledge, Systems Management

Volume 1, Number 3-4, 1999

Would-Be Business Worlds: An Interview with John L. Casti

Author(s): John L. Casti

John L. Casti is author of Would-Be Worlds: How Simulation is Changing the Frontiers of Science (Wiley, 1997), as well as many other best-selling science and technology-related books including The Cambridge Quintet (Little, Brown, 1998) and Paradigms Lost (Morrow, 1989). He is a member of the Santa Fe Institute and on the faculty of the University of Vienna. He received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Southern California. This interview focuses on Casti's experiences in developing simulations of complex organizational systems. The central elements of these simulations are agent-based models that represent the behavioral mechanisms underlying individual actors in these complex systems. The resulting simulations are used to study the organizational behaviors that emerge from the collective behaviors of these actors.

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