The Catallaxy as a New Paradigm for the Design of Information Systems

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Torsten Eymann

University of Bayreuth

Boris Padovan

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Detlef Schoder

University of Cologne

Date Written: July 1, 2000

Abstract

The future of networking will be shaped by open, heterogeneous and complex structures, consisting of many independent information systems, which may co-operate with other systems if advantageous, but usually work in an autonomous, self-interested and not necessarily co-operative way. In this article, we propose a novel approach for information system design (named Catallactic Information Systems (CIS)), that combines efforts from the fields of economics and distributed artificial intelligence to create distributed information systems, which consist of software agents with economic reasoning and evolutionary learning capabilities. A working software prototype for supply chain coordination shows the implementation of the concept and leads to a discussion of promising application areas and known shortcomings of the approach.

Keywords: Multi-Agent Systems, Agent-based Computational Economics, Supply Chain Management, Catallactic Information Systems, Catallaxy

JEL Classification: L86

Suggested Citation

Eymann, Torsten and Padovan, Boris and Schoder, Detlef, The Catallaxy as a New Paradigm for the Design of Information Systems (July 1, 2000). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1342725 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1342725

Torsten Eymann (Contact Author)

University of Bayreuth ( email )

Universitaetsstrasse 30
Bayreuth, 95440
Germany
+49921557660 (Phone)

Boris Padovan

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Detlef Schoder

University of Cologne ( email )

Pohligstr. 1
Cologne, D-50969
Germany

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