Call for Papers - Agent‐Based Modelling: Applications in Business Strategies and Managerial Economics

Editors: Dr Marco Remondino (Department of Economics, University of Genova, Italy); Prof Dr Klaus G. Troitzsch (Retired; Institute of Information Systems Research, Universität Koblenz‐Landau, Germany)

Advisory Panel: Prof Dr rer.nat. Iris Lorscheid, University of Applied Sciences Europe (Germany); Prof Dr rer.pol. Michael Zaggl, Aarhus University, School of Business and Social Sciences (Denmark); Prof Mag. Dr Stephan Leitner, Universität Klagenfurt, Department for Management Control and Strategic Management (Austria); Prof Dr Camelia Florela Voinea, University of Bucharest, Faculty of Political Science (Romania); Prof Dr Frank Klingert, Fulda University of Applied Sciences (Germany)

Agent-based Modeling (ABM) is a bottom-up analysis methodology. It allows the creation of "artificial societies" in which many entities, endowed with rules at the micro-level, interact within an environment and create a — not necessarily linear — aggregate behaviour. This peculiarity, along with the great freedom in the definition of these models, makes ABM a particularly suitable tool to study issues within the domain of social sciences at large. The rules on the micro-level are best derived from empirical data or, where these cannot be collected, from stylized facts.

The aim of this collection is to present both theoretical and practical studies and applications of ABM, specifically applied to the areas of Management and Business Strategies embedded in a globalized economy.

The works should mainly deal with the investigating of strategic corporate aspects (both endogenous and exogenous), such as collaboration strategies, promotion and marketing strategies, capital budgeting policies, business process reengineering, manufacturing, supply chain management, risk analysis, innovation and product development and those, at a broader level, belonging to international, national or regional economy.

We welcome a range of perspectives, including interdisciplinary ones (e.g. from computer science, organizational science, among others), provided the application and relevance to economics, business, management or finance are clear.

Original research is invited that:

  • Presents specific models, both conceptual and practical, both general and specific, applied to any field of strategic business management and economics;
  • Studies the macro/market effects of a given enterprise-level strategy;
  • Analyses the connection between a business unit and the rest of the firm;
  • Explores theoretical management topics by means of ABM;
  • Discusses real systems studied with this approach;
  • Deals with the validation of ABM models applied to the mentioned fields;
  • Demonstrates a clear significance and contribution to advancing knowledge in the area of application;
  • Provides hints for decision-making within firms and within supply chains, preferably in a world where supply chains are likely to break due to pandemics, war, and the loosening of ties that used to be guaranteed by, for instance, the WTO or the EU (e.g., in the context of Brexit).

This is a rolling collection and as such submissions will be welcomed up until the end of March 2021. Authors who wish to discuss ideas for articles are asked to contact the guest editors direct before submission. Full papers (original or review) must be submitted via the journal’s submission system. Submissions by email cannot be accepted.

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