Accession Number:

ADA443075

Title:

The Performance of Edge Organizations in a Collaborative Task

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2005-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

99.0

Abstract:

The rapidly changing and asymmetric threat environment that the United States is facing today has called into question the effectiveness of the traditional approach of hierarchical command and control C2 structures. Edge organizations have been proposed as a more suitable alternative in the current information age. Besides task-related factors, the characteristics and behavior of the people in an edge organization play an important role in determining the organizations performance. In this thesis, the author investigates how the various characteristics of agents influence the efficiency of an edge organization in an intelligence-gathering task using an agent-based simulation model developed in Java. The author also looks at the attributes of an agent that performs well in an organization, and whether a reward system that encourages individual success in an edge organization is detrimental to the organizations performance. Comparisons between edge organizations with similar mean group attributes but different variability in agent characteristics, and between an edge organization and a hierarchical organization, also are performed.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Operations Research
  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE