ICCS2004 Application Submission/Review

Abstract for
"Diversity: Aggregation or Perspectives and Heuristics"

In this talk, I will discuss complex systems models of diverse agents. The topic of diversity is of increasing importance in the study of organizations, polities, and economies. Diversity is commonly thought of as differences in identity and standpoint. I show how these theoretical concepts can be formally translated and embedded into complex systems models. In this talk, I will focus on three primary results: 1. Why diversity trumps individual ability 2. The emergence of diverse cultures within firms and countries 3. How diverse information aggregates The talk will be introductory and relatively speaking non technical. By that I mean, I will employ diagrams with some simple states like cooperate or defect but I will not delve into specifices of the non time homogenous markov processes that underpin a particular model.