The need for SD modeling of human biological systems and diseases

By Kenneth G. Cooper It is within our capability to reduce dramatically the long time and high cost of successful drug development for treating human disease. We can do so by adding to medical research the analysis of the elegantly complex, feedback-intensive systems of the human body—not just as a collection of components, but as … Continue reading The need for SD modeling of human biological systems and diseases

First, look at the data

By Jack Homer, VP of Professional Practice I recently received an e-mail from a college student, someone I’d never heard of before, wondering whether system dynamics was the right approach for studying a particular issue: how the government’s publication of secondary school rankings in his country might influence parents’ attitudes and behaviors.  The student wondered … Continue reading First, look at the data

System Dynamics at Sixty: The Path Forward

By John Sterman, Jay W. Forrester Professor of ManagementDirector, MIT System Dynamics Group Last summer we published a special issue of System Dynamics Review celebrating the 60th anniversary of the founding of the field.  It included my introductory paper, “System Dynamics at Sixty:  The Path Forward” Now five of our colleagues have written commentaries on … Continue reading System Dynamics at Sixty: The Path Forward

Message from Incoming Society President

Dear fellow members of the System Dynamics Society, In late 2003, I attended my first system dynamics conference. It was the first Latin American system dynamics conference - upon becoming a member of the System Dynamics Society earlier that year, I had received a message from Roberta Spencer - then the Executive Director of the Society - calling … Continue reading Message from Incoming Society President

Year in Review: 2018 Society Member Spotlight

The Society’s website news and social media outlets often feature news sent from our members. It is our pleasure to acknowledge the accomplishments and success of our dedicated members! The following highlights from our website news are posts of personal achievements. They illustrate growth in the field and the relevance of System Dynamics through the … Continue reading Year in Review: 2018 Society Member Spotlight

Governance and Foresight: Thoughts from Executive Director, Dr. Mark R. Nelson

The past has been given to us.  The future must be built, as others have built our past.  – Gladys Hasty Carroll   Recently, I enrolled in a leadership program for association executives.  This is a “Master’s Class,” as in, the individuals in the class are all accomplished leaders in the association space. Over the … Continue reading Governance and Foresight: Thoughts from Executive Director, Dr. Mark R. Nelson