Journal of Management & Governance

, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 233–238 | Cite as

Agent-based simulation model to improve managerial capabilities, in a complexity perspective

M. J. North and C. M. Macal, Managing Business Complexity: Discovering Strategic Solutions with Agent-based Modeling and Simulation. Oxford University Press, Oxford and New York, 2007, 313 pp; M. Villani (ed.): Educating Managers in Complexity. Aracne, Roma, 2006, 364 pp
  • Pietro TernaEmail author
Reviews and Overviews

With this important book by North and Macal, we go directly to the application side of agent-based simulation (finally, we can add as a positive comment).

Real-life applications of agent-based simulation technique are still unusual, for a number of reasons, the first of which being resistance to innovation also in social and business research fields. Most of all, however, their slow application is a consequence of the difficulty encountered when implementing agent-based simulation techniques for real-life applications. With my students I have created agent-based model of firms and public services such as an emergency call structure, but I am always far from reaching a critical mass of demonstrative works. At present I am enthusiastically working with the Italian Central Bank in a critical application of agent-based simulation to create a replica (in some way, a “playstation”) of the daily intra-banks payment system combined with a double-action continuous intra-banks money market, to...


Reinforcement Learning Agent Behavior Actual People Important Practical Problem Participatory Simulation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dipartimento di Scienze economiche e finanziarieUniversità di TorinoTorinoItaly

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