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Seminar: NETWORKS match maker

Tinbergen Institute

We lay the foundation for a general theory of organizing. We propose that organizing is a continuous process of ongoing mutual or reciprocal influence between objects (e.g., human actors) in a field, whereby a field is infinite and connects all the objects in it much like electromagnetic fields influence atomic and molecular charged objects or gravity fields influence inanimate objects with mass such as planets and stars. We use field theory to build what we now call the Network Field Model. In this model, human actors are modeled as point-like objects in the field. Influence between and investments in these point-like human objects are explained as energy exchanges (potential and kinetic) which can be described in terms of three different types of capital: financial (assets), human capital (the individual) and social (two or more humans in a network). This model is predicated on a field theoretical understanding about the world we live in. Using the model we are able to describe different social-economic effects in networks such as the governance and exchange rules in different markets.


  • Steef Peters (CEOen oprichter van wallet79),
  • Ben Meylahn (Universiteit van Amsterdam)


Gustav Mahlerplein 117,
1082 MS Amsterdam