IRS Siavash Farahbakhsh
Wednesday, 3 May 2017, 12.15, TIM Social Area
Modeling the Complexity of Institutional Logics: The Case of Open Education
Over the last decade, a research stream on institutional complexity has emerged focusing on the multiplicity of institutional logics. In this line, institutional logics are associated with socially and historically patterned sets of norms and rules, which can determine diversity in actors’ behaviors. According to this view, pattern dynamics of actors‘ behaviors may shift the institutions from one dominant state to another dominant state. However, to date, little research has rigorously illustrated the self-reinforcing dynamics of shifts in institutions. Recently, leading institutional scholars have called for new methodological approaches to tackle this issue.
In my PhD project, I attempt to help close this gap by modeling institutional complexity using the principles of complex adaptive systems (CAS) and exploring it with an agent-based model (ABM). More precisely, I provide five propositions grounded in the institutional field structure. I consider heterogeneous agents following multiple logics, being formally and informally connected through different possible network-based environments. I present the results in accordance with the propositions.