Applications of System Dynamics

A pie chart dividing system dynamics into calibrating and insight.

System dynamics combines a "small" policy model and a "big" calibrated model. This course focuses on the "insight" portion of system dynamics. (Image courtesy of Prof. James Hines.)


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Spring 2004



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Course Features

Course Highlights

This course features descriptions of the status reports that teams present in their weekly "breakout sessions".

Course Description

15.875 is a project-based course that explores how organizations can use system dynamics to achieve important goals. In small groups, students learn modeling and consulting skills by working on a term-long project with real-life managers. A diverse set of businesses and organizations sponsor class projects, from start-ups to the Fortune 500. The course focuses on gaining practical insight from the system dynamics process, and appeals to people interested in system dynamics, consulting, or managerial policy-making.

James Hines. 15.875 Applications of System Dynamics, Spring 2004. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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