We present an agent-based model of innovation processes, based upon a theory of innovationby Lane and Maxfield. The theory inspires and constrains the features of the model,thus reducing the embarasse de richesse that is one of the major methodological problems ofagent-based modeling. Artefacts are produced by agents using recipes; the basic dynamics,absent innovation, is one of production and sales, where the external world supplies "rawmaterials" and external demand. Depending upon the initial conditions, self-sustainingcycles of production and exchange can emerge among the agents. Innovation – that is,the generation of new recipes, in particular desired directions, called "goals" – results insubstantial modification of the system dynamics. Two innovation regimes are introduced:a "lonely" mode, in which each agent tries to introduce new products by itself, and a"relational" mode, in which two agents can improve their reciprocal knowledge and candecide to try to jointly develop a new artifact.

A theory based dynamical model of innovation processes / Lane, David Avra; Serra, Roberto; Villani, Marco. - ELETTRONICO. - (2005), pp. 88-98. ((Intervento presentato al convegno European Conference on Complex Systems tenutosi a Paris, france nel 14-18 November 2005.

A theory based dynamical model of innovation processes

LANE, David Avra;SERRA, Roberto;VILLANI, Marco
2005

Abstract

We present an agent-based model of innovation processes, based upon a theory of innovationby Lane and Maxfield. The theory inspires and constrains the features of the model,thus reducing the embarasse de richesse that is one of the major methodological problems ofagent-based modeling. Artefacts are produced by agents using recipes; the basic dynamics,absent innovation, is one of production and sales, where the external world supplies "rawmaterials" and external demand. Depending upon the initial conditions, self-sustainingcycles of production and exchange can emerge among the agents. Innovation – that is,the generation of new recipes, in particular desired directions, called "goals" – results insubstantial modification of the system dynamics. Two innovation regimes are introduced:a "lonely" mode, in which each agent tries to introduce new products by itself, and a"relational" mode, in which two agents can improve their reciprocal knowledge and candecide to try to jointly develop a new artifact.
European Conference on Complex Systems
Paris, france
14-18 November 2005
88
98
Lane, David Avra; Serra, Roberto; Villani, Marco
A theory based dynamical model of innovation processes / Lane, David Avra; Serra, Roberto; Villani, Marco. - ELETTRONICO. - (2005), pp. 88-98. ((Intervento presentato al convegno European Conference on Complex Systems tenutosi a Paris, france nel 14-18 November 2005.
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