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Modeling and Visualization of Complex Systems and Enterprises: Explorations of Physical, Human, Economic, and Social Phenomena by William B. Rouse

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Chapter 5HUMAN PHENOMENA

Table 5.1 lists the human phenomena of interest for the six archetypal problems introduced in Chapter 2 and discussed in Chapter 3. All of these phenomena are concerned with human perceptions, expectations, decisions, and performance, either individually or in teams or groups. This chapter addresses the state of knowledge in representing these phenomena.

Table 5.1 Human Phenomena Associated with Archetypal Problems

Problem Phenomena Category
Cancer biology Human decisions on diagnoses given test results Human, individual
Cancer biology Human decisions to employ drugs targeted at signaling mechanisms Human, individual
Financial system Human decisions by investors relative to risks and rewards Human, individual
Traffic control Human decisions by individual drivers on where and when to drive Human, individual
Traffic control Human performance in manual control of vehicle Human, individual
Urban resilience Human perceptions, expectations, and intentions Human, individual
Counterfeit parts Human decisions by supplier executive teams Human, team or group
Healthcare delivery Human decisions of clinical teams on use of capacities Human, team or group
Traffic control Human decisions by traffic management teams on pricing Human, team or group
Urban resilience Human decisions of urban teams on communications Human, team or group

This chapter proceeds as follows. First, descriptive and prescriptive approaches are contrasted. Descriptive ...

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