Commercial Applications of System Dynamics as Oral Histories

In these short videos, senior modelers narrate the story of high impact commercial applications of System Dynamics, providing a compliment to written material available in the Case Repository.



The Ken Cooper Series

In this series of nine short videos Ken Cooper, the first recipient of the System Dynamics Society’s award for best applications and a two-time Edelman Laurate for best management science applications globally, narrates several of the high impact and more interesting commercial applications from his distinguished career.

Litton Industries
Litton Industries Case: Part 1
(Narrated by Ken Cooper) 11:28 minutes

In 1980, Ken Cooper published his paper “Naval Ship Production: A Claim Settled and A Framework Built,” that described the now famous Litton Industries case. This case yielded a $400 million dollar settlement for Litton and launched the largest claim ever of System Dynamics commercial practice. Additional details for this case in Litton Industries in the Case Repository.

Litton Industries Case Part 2 – The Back Story
(Narrated by Ken Cooper) 4:05 minutes

Ken Cooper narrates interesting aspects of the Litton case that have never appeared in the published literature.

Northrop Grumman
Northrop Grumman: Part 1
(Narrated by Ken Cooper) 6:23 minutes

COMING SOON: Ken Cooper continues to narrate the story of how project modeling emerged at Pugh Roberts consulting as a major field of commercial application for the field of System Dynamics. The Northrop case saw the development of the undiscovered rework cycle (insert a key cite?).. Additional details for this case can be found in Northrop Grumman in the Case Repository.

Northrop Grumman: Part 2 (Narrated by Ken Cooper) 3:05 minutes

COMING SOON: Ken Cooper narrates interesting aspects of the Northrop Grumman case that have never appeared in the published literature.