|Publisher DOI:||10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2018.10.006||Title:||From cases to general principles: A call for theory development through agent-based modeling||Language:||English||Authors:||Lorscheid, Iris
|Issue Date:||1-Feb-2019||Source:||Ecological Modelling (393): 153-156 (2019-02-01)||Journal or Series Name:||Ecological Modelling||Abstract (english):||Virtually all current major social and environmental challenges such as financial crises, migration, the erosion of democratic institutions, and the loss of biodiversity involve complex systems comprising decision-making, interacting, adaptive agents. To understand how such agent-based complex systems function and respond to change and disturbances, agent-based modeling (ABM) is increasingly recognized as the main way forward. Many motivating examples of agent-based models exist that are realistic enough to successfully support the management of complex systems, but these solutions are case-specific and contribute few general insights into the functioning of systems. General theory, though, is highly needed because we cannot model each system and question. Still, across disciplines, a critical mass of expertise has accumulated that could transform ABM into a more coherent and efficient approach to discover the functioning of complex social-economic-ecological systems. To this end, we need a cross-disciplinary discussion among researchers and a goal-oriented synthesis to identify the general principles and theories essential to improve our understanding and management of complex systems.||URI:||http://hdl.handle.net/11420/2201||ISSN:||0304-3800||Institute:||Controlling und Simulation W-1||Type:||(wissenschaftlicher) Artikel|
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