Simulating Innovation

Simulating Innovation

Computer-based Tools for Rethinking Innovation

Christopher Watts and Nigel Gilbert

Christopher Watts and Nigel Gilbert explore the generation, diffusion and impact of innovations, which can now be studied using computer simulations.

Preface

Christopher Watts and Nigel Gilbert

Subjects: business and management, organisational innovation, economics and finance, economics of innovation, evolutionary economics, innovation and technology, economics of innovation, organisational innovation, social policy and sociology, sociology and sociological theory

Extract

This book was written to help researchers in the fields of innovation studies, economics, organisation studies, sociology of science and policy modelling to become more familiar with a research approach that could complement their own. Those with no background in simulation modelling may see the advantages of working with social simulation modellers, or becoming a modeller themselves. Experienced modellers will find plenty of examples of social simulation, and especially of agent-based modelling to inspire their own work. The work here is inter-disciplinary, connecting with sociology, economics, business studies and operational research in particular, but may also interest researchers into complex adaptive systems more generally, who today may be found in such disciplines as physics, mathematics and biology. In line with the various readerships there are multiple ways to read this book, depending on oneís degree of interest in the areas of application, and on oneís level of technical skill.