Towards Agent-Based Models of Rumours in Organizations: A Social Practice Theory Approach

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Rumour is a collective emergent phenomenon with a potential for provoking a crisis. Modelling approaches have been deployed since five decades ago; however, the focus was mostly on epidemic behaviour of the rumours which does not take into account the differences between agents. We use social practice theory to model agent decision-making in organizational rumourmongering. Such an approach provides us with an opportunity to model rumourmongering agents with a layer of cognitive realism and study the impacts of various intervention strategies for prevention and control of rumours in organizations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Social Simulation - Looking in the Mirror, 2018
EditorsHarko Verhagen, Melania Borit, Giangiacomo Bravo, Nanda Wijermans
PublisherSpringer Open
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9783030341268
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event14th Social Simulation Conference, 2018 - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 20 Aug 201824 Aug 2018

Publication series

NameSpringer Proceedings in Complexity
ISSN (Print)2213-8684
ISSN (Electronic)2213-8692


Conference14th Social Simulation Conference, 2018


  • Agent-based model
  • Organization
  • Rumour
  • Social practice theory

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