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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), pp. 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.

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Published date: 2009
Organisations: Agents, Interactions & Complexity


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Date deposited: 30 Sep 2011 15:09
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Author: Fabio Boschetti
Author: Markus Brede

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