The Role of Modeling in Scientific Disciplines: A Taxonomy
Review of Business, 29(1), pp. 61-67, 2008
10 Pages Posted: 8 Sep 2013
Date Written: January 15, 2008
Models are ubiquitous across disciplines, but the model as a means of conveying knowledge and abstracting reality is little studied. Scholars in different disciplines may use a variety of divergent types of models and each understands his or her world through a prismatic view provided by the specialized model used. If each field focuses only on its own variety of model and each model has shortcomings, we’re still missing the big picture. The authors propose a taxonomy that may be used to classify the universe of models as used in numerous scientific and non-scientific disciplines. Such a framework can enable scholars to better communicate with their counterparts in other disciplines and to adapt the models of other disciplines to their own, thereby gaining a better understanding of their own specialized areas of study.
Keywords: models, convergence of disciplines, interdisciplinary collaboration, taxonomy of models
JEL Classification: L15, L21, L82, L86, M31, M37, O3
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