Ghorbani, A.; A. Ligtvoet, I. Nikolic and G.P.J. Dijkema: Using Institutional Frameworks to Conceptualize Agent-based Models of Socio-technical Systems, pp: 33-41. In: Proceeding of the 2010 workshop on complex system modeling and simulation, August 19th. At: Denmark, Odense. Eds.: Susan Stepney, Peter H. Welch, Paul S. Andrews, Adam T. Sampson. [s.l.]: Lunivar press , British library, 2010. ISBN: 1-905986-27-0.
Agent-based modeling is a tool that is frequently used to analyze socio-technical systems. The high number of interactions between the agents in these models causes complexity. Different methods are required to understand this complexity and interpret the model behavior and outcomes. In this paper, we apply institutional frameworks, that are also used to analyze socio-technical systems, to understand complex agent-based models. Applying the frameworks to a case study – the Kauffman model – shows that this approach can be successful in giving structure to agent-based models and their outcomes, which can in turn help to interpret the evolving complexity.