Modelling Herding Behaviour Amongst Employees

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has title::Modelling Herding Behaviour Amongst Employees
status: ongoing
Master: project within::Cognitive Science
Student name: student name::Niels Korts
Dates
Start start date:=March 1 2017
End end date:=July 31 2017
Supervision
Supervisor: Natalie van der Wal
Company: has company::VU Amsterdam

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Abstract

A definition and implementation of an agent based model (ABM) on the attitude of employees makes it easier to research the behavior of employees on a bigger scale and should help in extracting higher level phenomena. We will discuss the merits of using an ABM and look at possible implementations of different theories on changes in employee attitude. We will define the requirements for an ABM that would predict the organizational commitment (OC) of employees. We will explain how we can use the tripartite theory of attitude and herding theory to represent this OC of employees in a dynamic agent based model. The purpose of this ABM is to show how the attitude of employees can dynamically change during their employment based on their interaction with other employees and the environment.

Keywords: Agent-based modelling; modelling; simulation; behavioural modelling; herding; employees; organizational psychology