The Role of Modeling in Scientific Disciplines: A Taxonomy

Review of Business, 29(1), pp. 61-67, 2008

10 Pages Posted: 8 Sep 2013

See all articles by Linda Weiser Friedman

Linda Weiser Friedman

Baruch College, CUNY - Zicklin School of Business; CUNY - The Graduate Center

Hershey H. Friedman

City University of New York - Department of Business Management

Simcha Pollack

St. John's University - Tobin College of Business

Date Written: January 15, 2008

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Friedman, Linda Weiser and Friedman, Hershey H. and Pollack, Simcha, The Role of Modeling in Scientific Disciplines: A Taxonomy (January 15, 2008). Review of Business, 29(1), pp. 61-67, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2322506

Linda Weiser Friedman (Contact Author)

Baruch College, CUNY - Zicklin School of Business ( email )

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Hershey H. Friedman

City University of New York - Department of Business Management ( email )

Simcha Pollack

St. John's University - Tobin College of Business ( email )

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Queens, NY 11439
United States

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