Inclusion of Complexity: Modelling Enterprise Business Environment by Means of Agent Based Simulation

Petr Tučník(1*), Vladimír Bureš(2)

(1) Faculty of Informatics and Management, University of Hradec Králové, Rokitanského 62, 500 03 Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
(2) Vysoká Škola Manažmentu/City University of Seattle, Panónska cesta 17, 851 04 Bratislava, Slovakia
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Description of enterprise environment can be modelled by various approaches that emphasise diverse perspectives. The application of multi-agent models is currently used for their advantages such as system’s emergence identification or complexity depiction. The aim of this paper is to apply multi-agent approach to modelling of a complex economic system using four basic types of agents and one meta-agent. Consequently, the model is simulated, different settings are tested, and coordination and self-organization are investigated. Although the proposed system is in several aspects simplified in comparison to reality, it provides useful basis for research of adaptation mechanisms, manufacturing management, supply chain management, or customer behaviour modelling. Experiment results show that individual goals and strategies are forming collective effort of pursue of given goals, respecting constraints and limitations set on level of the whole agent community.
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Agent; Modelling; Simulation; Virtual Economy; Self-Organization; Adaptation

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