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System Dynamics Resources

The links below are to various System Dynamics resources. Though not exhaustive, they should be useful for individuals interested in learning more about System Dynamics.

Organizations

System Dynamics Society- the society for the System Dynamics community, holding an annual international conference, publishing the System Dynamics Review, a peer-reviewed journal, and an excellent starting point for System Dynamics resource.

Society for Organizational Learning - the society formed by Peter Senge to explore Systems Thinking in the context of the organization. It is an excellent starting point for those interested in learning how Systems Thinking can help improve their organization's performance.


Texts

Business Dynamics: Systems Thinking and Modeling for a Complex World - the definitive System Dynamics text book. This is a must for anyone serious about building System Dynamics models.

The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization- the original Systems Thinking text. It is a good introduction to the concept of System Archetypes and how they can be applied in business situations.

Industrial Dynamics - the book that introduced the world to System Dynamics. This was Professor Forrester's first book and is a necessary component of the library of any serious student of System Dynamics.

Urban Dynamics - Professor Forrester's second book and another classic.


Practitioners

Jay W. Forrester- the father of System Dynamics, he founded the discipline in 1956, and his original books, Industrial Dynamics and Urban Dynamics are classics. He is Germeshausen Professor Emeritus and Senior Lecturer at MIT's Sloan School of Management. Lawrence M. Fisher wrote an excellent article about Professor Forrester for "Strategy+Business" called "The Prophet of Unintended Consequences".

Dr. John Sterman - the head of the System Dynamics Department at MIT. Dr. Sterman's book, Business Dynamics: Systems Thinking and Modeling for a Complex World, is the best comprehensive text on System Dynamics and his many papers cover a range interesting business problems.

Peter Senge - the founding chairman of the Society for Organizational Learning and a senior lecturer at MIT. He has helped introduce organizations of all types to the power of thinking about themselves as systems. His book, The Fifth Discipline, is a good way to get an introduction to System Dynamics thinking without having to do any math.


Sites

Road Maps- a self study guide to learning System Dynamics developed at MIT under the direction of Professor Jay W. Forrester.

Operations Management & System Dynamics- the site for the System Dynamics Program at MIT's Sloan School of Management.

Tom Fiddaman's Home Page - this site has a wealth of resources, including System Dynamic models, links, and other useful information.

StewardshipModeling.com - this site has some interesting introductory pieces as well as links to other sources.

Thinking.net - published by Daniel Aronson, this page explores different modes of human cognition, and in particular provides an introduction to Systems Thinking.


Software

Ventana Systems - their Vensim simulation software is designed specifically for System Dynamics Modeling. A free version, Vensim PLE is also available, and is great way to get started. Ventana also provides consulting services and manages the System Dynamics Mailing List.

PowerSim Software - another provider of software for System Dynamics Modeling.

StarLogo - not strictly speaking System Dynamics software, but this Agent Based simulation package, developed by the LOGO group at MIT's Media Center, allows the exploration of decentralized systems - think traffic jams or flocks of birds.



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