System Dynamics II

Photo of starboard side of the Swedish warship Vasa with carved statue detail.

The story of the Swedish warship, the Vasa, is an example of a project gone bad. Shortly after launch on her maiden voyage in 1628, the Vasa sank in the harbor. A late request for additional guns, known today as a late customer specification change, and pressure to launch quickly contributed to the failure. (Image of the Vasa ship at the Vasa Museum in Stockholm courtesy of Neil Howard on Flickr. License: CC-BY-NC.)


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Fall 2013



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Continuation of 15.871, emphasizing tools and methods needed to apply systems thinking and simulation modeling successfully in complex real-world settings. Uses simulation models, management flight simulators, and case studies to deepen the conceptual and modeling skills introduced in 15.871. Through models and case studies of successful applications students learn how to use qualitative and quantitative data to formulate and test models, and how to work effectively with senior executives to implement change successfully.

John Sterman, and Hazhir Rahmandad. 15.872 System Dynamics II, Fall 2013. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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