American Studies: Topics and Sources

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Greenwood Press, 1976 - 393 páginas

This book addresses possible applications of computer simulation to theory building in management and organizational theory. The key hypothesis is that modelling and computer simulation provide an environment to develop, test and articulate theoretical propositions. In general, computer simulation provides an experimental environment where researchers are able to play with symbolic representations of phenomena by modifying the model’s structure and activating or deactivating model’s parameters. This environment allows to both generating hypotheses to ex post explain observed phenomena or to ex ante generate distributions of unrealized events thereby envisioning areas for further empirical investigations.

Under a methodological perspective, the volume investigates logics and techniques to design a research strategy grounded on computer simulation. In particular, the articles in the book concentrate on two different techniques, and philosophies, to set up a simulation study: System Dynamics, which is grounded on differential equations and feedback theory, and agent-based modeling. The book describes how computer simulation helps to look into research issues typical to strategic management and organizational theory. In this respect, such themes as firms’ diversification strategies, competitive strategy, rivalry and the impact of role dynamics on organizational performances are explored through the lenses of computer simulation models.

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Índice

Past Present and Future 3
3
A Bibliography of Religious History in Its American Setting
10
Autobiography and American Culture
22
Interpreting NineteenthCentury American Literature
38
A Bibliographical Essay
50
A Bibliographical Essay
59
Source Materials for the History of American Cartography
81
A Bibliographical Essay
96
Recent Trends in the Study of Popular Culture
171
A Neglected Material Culture
185
History Anthropology and the American Indian
194
Communal History in America
206
The Chicago Model
224
Approaching Reality
238
Suggested Sources
261
Locating Major Resource Collections for Research in American
276

American Workers and American Studies
104
Man Nature and the Ecological Perspective
131
The Black Revolution in American Studies
146
Interdisciplinary Directions
152
A Guide for Students
285
General Bibliography and Author Index
323
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lker /f Robert /i H.

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