Introduction to System Dynamics

Causal loop diagram with multiple feedback loops of a forest fire management system.

Causal loop diagram of a forest fire management system. The diagram distills the complexity of the system into the major variables and feedback loops between physical and political subsystems. (Courtesy of Elsevier, Used with permission.)


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Introduction to systems thinking and system dynamics modeling applied to strategy, organizational change, and policy design. Students use simulation models, management flight simulators, and case studies to develop conceptual and modeling skills for the design and management of high-performance organizations in a dynamic world.

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John Sterman, and Hazhir Rahmandad. 15.871 Introduction to System Dynamics, Fall 2013. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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