The Complexity of Cooperation

The Complexity of Cooperation Author : Robert Axelrod
Release : 1997-09-07
Publisher : Princeton University Press
ISBN : 9780691015675
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Robert Axelrod is widely known for his groundbreaking work in game theory and complexity theory. He is a leader in applying computer modeling to social science problems. His book The Evolution of Cooperation has been hailed as a seminal contribution and has been translated into eight languages since its initial publication. The Complexity of Cooperation is a sequel to that landmark book. It collects seven essays, originally published in a broad range of journals, and adds an extensive new introduction to the collection, along with new prefaces to each essay and a useful new appendix of additional resources. Written in Axelrod's acclaimed, accessible style, this collection serves as an introductory text on complexity theory and computer modeling in the social sciences and as an overview of the current state of the art in the field. The articles move beyond the basic paradigm of the Prisoner's Dilemma to study a rich set of issues, including how to cope with errors in perception or implementation, how norms emerge, and how new political actors and regions of shared culture can develop. They use the shared methodology of agent-based modeling, a powerful technique that specifies the rules of interaction between individuals and uses computer simulation to discover emergent properties of the social system. The Complexity of Cooperation is essential reading for all social scientists who are interested in issues of cooperation and complexity.

The Complexity Of Cooperation

The Complexity Of Cooperation Author : Robert Axelrod
Release : 2006-01-01
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ISBN : 9788122417098
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The Evolution of Cooperation

The Evolution of Cooperation Author : Robert Axelrod
Release : 2009-04-29
Publisher : Hachette UK
ISBN : 0786734884
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A famed political scientist's classic argument for a more cooperative world We assume that, in a world ruled by natural selection, selfishness pays. So why cooperate? In The Evolution of Cooperation, political scientist Robert Axelrod seeks to answer this question. In 1980, he organized the famed Computer Prisoners Dilemma Tournament, which sought to find the optimal strategy for survival in a particular game. Over and over, the simplest strategy, a cooperative program called Tit for Tat, shut out the competition. In other words, cooperation, not unfettered competition, turns out to be our best chance for survival. A vital book for leaders and decision makers, The Evolution of Cooperation reveals how cooperative principles help us think better about everything from military strategy, to political elections, to family dynamics.

Harnessing Complexity

Harnessing Complexity Author : Michael D Cohen
Release : 2000-05-12
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
ISBN : 0743203739
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Recent advances in the study of complexity have given scientists profound new insights into how natural innovation occurs and how its power can be exploited. Now two pioneers in the field, Robert Axelrod and Michael D. Cohen, provide leaders in business and government with a guide to complexity that will help them make effective decisions in a world of rapid change. Building on evolutionary biology, computer science, and social design, Axelrod and Cohen have constructed a unique framework for improving the way people work together. Their approach to management is based on the concept of the Complex Adaptive System, which can describe everything from rain forests to the human gene pool, and from automated software agents to multinational companies. The authors' framework reveals three qualities that all kinds of managers must cultivate in their organization: Variation What is the best way to manage the development of software? Should the problem be broken up into small pieces for programmers working independently, thus enhancing variation, or should there be a centralized hierarchy of programmers ruled by a chain of command? The authors show how the decentralized creation of variation combined with the centralized maintenance of standards was the key to the success of the Linux "open source software" project, which brought together thousands of volunteers in cyberspace to produce an operating system that can outperform Microsoft's. Interaction Why did northern Italy prosper while southern Italy remained poor? Recognizing the internal interactions of a Complex Adaptive System -- be it a national region, a company, or a nonprofit group -- reveals vital networks of trust. Axelrod and Cohen explain that in successful adaptive systems, rich networks of horizontal linkages foster cooperation and provide an advantage over other less cooperatively networked groups. In the case of Italy, voluntary associations created networks of trust in the Middle Ages that became northern Italy's critical advantage over the south. Selection Is a Pulitzer Prize better than a National Book Award? How can foundations and corporations design competitions that have a positive effect on the evolution of excellence? The authors' framework makes clear that the worst selection processes are mired in orthodox standards that have not adapted to a new environment. The best selection processes, on the other hand, are created and run by leaders who understand how the standards they use can transform their organization and its environment. This simple, paradigm-shifting analysis of how people work together will transform the way we think about getting things done in a group. Harnessing Complexity is the essential guide to creating wealth, power, and knowledge in the 21st century.

Cooplexity: A Model of Collaboration in Complexity for Management in Times of Uncertainty and Change

Cooplexity: A Model of Collaboration in Complexity for Management in Times of Uncertainty and Change Author : Ricardo Zamora Enciso
Release : 2010-06-19
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Cooplexity presents a model of cooperation, collaboration in complexity and it's the result of over ten years of research and five of data collection. Rigorously, three levels of acting are presented, its implications, its key factors and the catalysts that will enable its appearance.The reader will find here guidelines to facilitate the emergence of collaborative behavior and a series of findings that challenge traditional concepts of teamwork and leadership as they are understood nowadays.


Cooperation Author :
Release : 1938
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East-West Economic Cooperation

East-West Economic Cooperation Author :
Release : 1978
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Dolphin Cognition and Behavior

Dolphin Cognition and Behavior Author : Ronald J. Schusterman
Release : 1986
Publisher : Psychology Press
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First published in 1986. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Communicating for Peace

Communicating for Peace Author : Felipe Korzenny
Release : 1990-01-01
Publisher : SAGE Publications, Incorporated
ISBN : 9780803937277
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This interdisciplinary volume includes general theory, case studies and examples as well as ideas for procuring peace through communication for the larger community. The book concludes with an agenda-setting summary that stimulates inquiry in communication studies and international relations. Readers will obtain an overall perspective of factors that affect diplomacy and negotiation across cultures - power, trust, stereotyping, hostility escalation, mediation and negotiation philosophy and style, and media and policy implications.

The Spirit of Cooperation

The Spirit of Cooperation Author : Susan Beal
Release : 1996
Publisher : Dundas, Ont. : Peace Research Institute-Dundas
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