Competitive scenarios, community responses and organisational implications

Boschetti, Fabio and Brede, Markus (2009) Competitive scenarios, community responses and organisational implications. Emergence: Complexity and Organization, 11, (4), 39-47.


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We analyze four scenarios commonly encountered in social processes undergoing competitive pressures: resource depletion by individuals acting greedily (‘tragedy of the commons’), wasted opportunity due to over protective players (‘tragedy of the anti-commons’), crowd following (‘majority wins’) and competition for niches (‘minority wins’). We show that these scenarios are extremes of a continuous resource exploitation problem and that complex and counter-intuitive behaviors are found at the transitions between ‘pure’ scenarios. We discuss the likely community behaviors and under what conditions a centralised management intervention may play a role in the resource and community resilience.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering > Electronics and Computer Science > Agents, Interactions & Complexity
ePrint ID: 272900
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2011 15:09
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 20:18
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