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Agent-Based Modeling of Organizational Silos
and Impact on Innovation

FacultyMike Long

Jon Schull
StudentSeth Slavin

Academic and many government institutions are generally organized into departments of highly specialized, like-disciplined individuals.  However, industries are often organized along functional lines.   One might then ask:
  • Why is this true and what are the strengths and weaknesses of each organizational structure? 
  • Is this structure self-organized or does it result because of administrative dictates and convenience?
  • Is this organizational structure the best to foster innovation, exploit discoveries, further knowledge, and improve general social welfare?
Although Agent-Based Modeling has been used to study the diffusion of innovation, we believe we have a unique method to model not only the creation of knowledge, but also its diffusion and growth.