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Complexity of Commerce Agenda

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SFI ACtioN Roundtable


This meeting is being organized as a small discussion. To facilitate a rigorous inquiry into the ideas highlighted in the abstract, we have asked participating scholars to prepare 15 to 20-minute statements on aspects of theory they believe are relevant to the conversation. We have asked practitioner discussants to provide 5 to 10-minute statements, aimed at bringing real world examples into the conversation. Faculty statements will be given in order listed below, but discussants will be free to make their statements whenever they feel it would be most impactful.

The day’s discussion will explore four primary pastures, listed below in order. As with other ACtioN meetings, we will spend half our time hearing statements from scholars and practitioner discussants, the other half will be spent in open discussion. Breakfast will be available during registration at 8:30 am, the meeting will begin at 9:00 am and will adjourn at 5:00 pm. We will take a lunch break around noon, and coffee breaks as needed.

I. The Industrial Economics of Commerce

i. Brian Arthur – Technology & Monopoly (related article)
ii. Hal Varian – Industrial Concentration (related article)
iii. Marcus Hamilton – Firm Mortality (related article)
iv. HeyJin Youn – Universality & Urban Economies (related article)
II. Employee Networks and Retail Management

i. Noshir Contractor (related article)
III. Fashion, Fame, and Belief Dynamics

i. Mirta Galasic (related article)
ii. Peter Dodds (related article)
IV. Complexity and Commerce (Conclusions)

i. Geoffrey West (related book)
ii. David Krakauer (related book)