ERIC Number: ED167088
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
The Dynamics of Information Search Services.
Lindquist, Mats G.
Computer-based information search services (ISSs) of the type that provide online literature searches are analyzed from a systems viewpoint using a continuous simulation model. The methodology applied is "system dynamics," and the system language is DYNAMO. The analysis reveals that the observed growth and stagnation of a typical ISS can be explained as a natural consequence of market responses to the service together with a business orientation on the part of the funder. An analysis of managerial decision-making is also presented, and implications for the aggregate information search market are explored. It is claimed that the growth potential has been overestimated and that a decline in the aggregate growth rate is likely, though not inevitable. (Author)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Royal Inst. of Tech., Stockholm (Sweden).