Herbert A. Simon

Simon, Herbert Alexander

Herbert Alexander Simon, 1916–2001, American social scientist and economist, b. Milwaukee, grad. Univ. of Chicago (B.A., 1936, Ph.D., 1943). A professor of computer science and psychology at Carnegie-Mellon Univ. from 1949 until his death, Simon was a pioneer of the development of computer artificial intelligence. In economics, he contended that the theory of "economic man," which argues that the individual invariably chooses a course that will maximize personal benefits, failed to account for the inherent uncertainty of human action. His highly original work on decision-making in such books as Administrative Behavior (1947, 4th ed. 1997), in which he argued that business executives often fail to maximize profits because they make decisions without assessing all information and long-term effects, earned him the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1978. Simon's other books include Scientific Discovery (1987).

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Herbert A. Simon: Selected full-text books and articles

Complex Information Processing: The Impact of Herbert A. Simon By David Klahr; Kenneth Kotovsky Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1989
Reason in Human Affairs By Herbert A. Simon Stanford University Press, 1983
The Tanner Lectures on Human Values By Carlos Fuentes; Ilya Prigogine; Herbert A. Simon; H. C. Robbins Landon; David Gauthier; Sterling M. McMurrin University of Utah Press, vol.5, 1984
Bounded Rationality and Politics By Jonathan Bendor University of California Press, 2010
Theory of Bounded Rationality By Ibrahim, Mukdad; Khaimah, Ras Al Public Management, Vol. 91, No. 5, June 2009
John R. Commons and Herbert A. Simon on the Concept of Rationality By Forest, Joelle; Mehier, Caroline Journal of Economic Issues, Vol. 35, No. 3, September 2001
Bounded Rationality, Institutions, and Uncertainty By Dequech, David Journal of Economic Issues, Vol. 35, No. 4, December 2001
Strategic Growth of Firms in the Digital Economy: A Simonian Research Agenda By Chen, Ye-Sho; Okoli, Chitu; Lihua, Huang JITTA : Journal of Information Technology Theory and Application, Vol. 7, No. 2, January 1, 2005
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Remembering Herbert A. Simon (1916-2001) By Augier, Mie; March, James G Public Administration Review, Vol. 61, No. 4, July 2001
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