Open System Simulations and Simulation Based Research


  • Alan L. Patz


Most simulation efforts have had a pedagogical focus. The issue has been a concern with how to more fully integrate simulation exercises and traditional coursework with essentially closed system games. In the future, however, the focus of attention can include a wide range of research topics by experimenting with open system games. These exercises are likely to be based upon emerging rather than preprogrammed computer routines including, among other conditions, (1) market algorithms that are not programmed in advance, and (2) high degrees of administrator participation. The research topics can include decision making patterns, technological innovation, and high technology in planned and collaborative as well as competitive environments.