PURPOSE : NK models, initiated in biology by Stuart Kauffman, have proven an attractive method to analyse the structural evolution of any entity characterized by a complex inner structure where complexity is originated by structural interdependencies among elements composing the entity.
Organizations, technologies and industrial artefacts fully fall into this category: a number of applications have been produced which use NK or related models to study their evolution and have allowed to address formally such issues as organizational fit, organizational and technological decomposability and modularity, organizational and technological lock-in and path-dependence, etc.
This doctoral workshop will provide a unique opportunity for doctoral studentsinterested in NK models to be exposed to the latest results and research trends by leading scholars in the field. The first day will be devoted to tutorials which will cover theory, applications and programming techniques. The following two days will consist of presentations of papers and discussion in a relatively small and highly interacting group.
Doctoral students will be asked to present a paper or a research proposal during the workshop, depending upon the stage of advancement of their research.
Thursday 12th June: Doctoral Training Day
Venue: Scuola Superiore S. Anna, Piazza Martiri della Libertà 33, Pisa, Room 8
14:15 – 14:30 Registration, welcome and practicalities.
14:30 – 15:00 Basics of NK modelling (Luigi Marengo, Scuola Superiore S. Anna)
15.00-16.00 Applications to technology studies (Koen Frenken, Utrecht University)
16:00 – 16:15 Coffee break
16.15-17.00 Applications to organizational studies (Luigi Marengo, Scuola Superiore S. Anna)
17.00-18.00 Issues in computer implementations and simulations (Marco Valente, University of L’Aquila)
18:00 – 19:30 Students’ paper and research proposals presentations
Friday 13th June: Workshop Day 1
Venue: Scuola Superiore S. Anna, Piazza Martiri della Libertà 33, Pisa, Room 3
9:00 – 9:30 Registration, welcome and practicalities.
9:30 – 11:30 Perspectives on NK modelling – Chair: Luigi Marengo
-Dan Levinthal (Wharton), “From Proteins to Organizations: Extending the NK Framework”
-Gerald Silverberg (UNU-MERIT and IIASA), “Landscape models of technological change, a comparison of percolation, NK and Euclidian space models”
-Marco Valente (L’Aquila), “Pseudo-NK: a deterministic model for complex landscapes”