Michael Prietula

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  • Professor of Information Systems & Operations Management
  • Phone: (404) 727-8761
  • Fax: (404) 727-6313

Mailing Address:

1300 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30322


Dr. Prietula has worked as a research scientist at Honeywell’s Systems Research and Development Center, and has taught at Dartmouth College, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Florida, and Johns Hopkins University as Department Chair.

He has published in such journals as Organizational Science, Human Factors, Cognitive Science, Management Science, Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, the ORSA Journal on Computing, and the Harvard Business Review. He has currently co-edited two books: Computational Organization Theory (Erlbaum, 1994) and Simulating Organizations: Computational Models of Institutions and Groups (MIT Press, 1998). Systems he has worked on include MacMerle (artificial intelligence scheduling), Rheumer (medical expert advisor), Steambal (an engineering tutorial and simulation), Plural-Soar (distributed artificial intelligence), jEstor (software effort estimation), and TrustMe (social science simulation). His current projects include CM (market simulation based on A Behavioral Theory of the Firm), TrustUs (social science simulation), Clifford (research browser), FAHE (a model of expert advice), the ACT Emotion Engine, Affect (simulated emotional agents), and Norm (a norm development simulation). Dr. Prietula has also served as a musician, a stage manager and member of the Board of Directors for a theatre company, taught an Acting workshop for MBAs and Executives, and is a certified PADI scuba diving instructor.

Areas of Specialization

  • Studying human expertise as a corporate resource
  • The human-computer usability as factor in product and process performance
  • Modeling emotion, bounded rationality, and intelligence in artificial agents
  • Using simulation of firms and markets to understand complexity forms and effects
  • Managerial and design issues in security, risk and control of technologies
  • Studying effects and roles of advanced technologies in organizations and society

Memberships and Activities

  • Co-chair, Annual Workshop on Computational & Mathematical Organization Theory
  • Teaches in the CASOS/NSF Summer Institute¿s Ph.D. School at Carnegie Mellon
  • Serves on National Science Foundation review boards
  • A founding area editor of the Journal of Computational & Mathematical Organization


  • Ph.D. in Information Systems, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 1985