Introduction to the Minitrack on Strategy, Information, Technology, Economics, and Society (SITES)

Robert J. Kauffman, Thomas A. Weber

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Much of the economic insight gained over the past several hundred years was derived under the basic premise that individuals (also referred to as economic agents) are self-interested and take actions, which—at least subjectively—maximize utility, subject to the constraints implied by any agent’s limited means and/or bounded rationality, as well as by the environment he (or she) lives in. Indeed, even today, in a substantially more complex society and economy, constrained maximization of goal achievement under uncertainty remains a strong predictor and explanatory force for the actual behavior of economic agents. Yet agents’ choices are quite sensitive to the information available to them, unless they “choose” to be selectively ignorant. The contributions contained in the 2021 edition of our longstanding SITES mini-track illustrate insights derived under the classical premise of self-interest, in the context of a “new economy,” where information—its generation, control, and strategic use—presents a key asset. The selection of research papers cluster within four main themes: rentseeking, collective perception and action, incomplete information, and communication. Each of the four topics features three papers dedicated to one of these themes, now examined in turn.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 54th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
Number of pages3
Place of PublicationHonolulu
PublisherHawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS)
Publication date2021
ISBN (Electronic)9780998133140
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event54th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2021 - Online, Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: 5 Jan 20218 Jan 2021
Conference number: 54


Conference54th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online
SponsorThe Nordic Sociological Association
Internet address
SeriesProceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences

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