Coordination in Organization: Normative Learning on Networks and Organizations

Research Agenda II

The second line of my research agenda focuses on the micro-macro bridge in organizations and networks: how individuals proactively or passively learn organizational norms, culture, and collective beliefs and how individual learning and conformity influence macro-level dynamics (aka collective intelligence). I use simulation models and psych experiments to study such an issue. I published some small pieces on a narrow sub-topic - agent-based computational models for social dynamics – since I was in college (say, Physica A 2018), but I am really expanding them to seek profound theoretical contributions to organization science.

  • Collective decision-making and social learning for cooperation. Such global cooperation emerges from the learning between rational but uncooperative individuals, which is really an example of collective intelligence (Multi-agent and Complex Systems 2017ALife 2018)
  • A demographic perspective (Complex and Intelligent Systems 2022): Consider an open-ended system where joining and leaving are always possible, they certainly alter the organizational norm, but in what way? to what extent? I also work with Dr. Anjali Bhatt at the HBS OB Unit to investigate how employee departure and hiring influence cultural change among companies and how this insight can be employed to design better management practices
  • Heterogeneous social roles (leader-follower, executive-ordinary, AI 2016)
  • Psychological experiments (adaptive interactions with penalty to promote cooperation within a group of rational individuals, virtual lab experiments + models, Physica A 2018)
  • My master’s thesis on collective intelligence: Emergent Coordination: Adaptation, Open-Endedness, and Collective Intelligence

I have a background in evolutionary biology. The most essential lesson biology has taught me is that the group is greater than the sum of its parts. Complex, interdependent dynamics in human organizations that give rise to unanticipated but patterned behaviors are of broad interest to me.

Honglin (Carson) Bao
Honglin (Carson) Bao
A student in Organization, Behavior, and Computational Social Science