Find Your Way in SD

Doing Research

  • Review the Society’s Case Repository.
  • Research in your topic area, search in the System Dynamics Bibliography.
  • Watch the XMILE Webinar Series showcasing exemplar applications of System Dynamics in areas relevant to business, healthcare, public policy and the environment.
  • Review Tips from our Members.
  • Check out the MIT System Dynamics Group Literature Collection selected by Jay W. Forrester

  • Meeting Collaborators

    – Search the Membership Directory available online to members. If you are not a member, join!
    – Look for a job and review company profiles on the SD Career Link.

    Staying connected

    – Follow System Dynamics Society on • FacebookTwitterLinkedInYouTube
    Chapters and SIGs, join and actively participate to facilitate networking.

    Learning System Dynamics

    Formal courses at universities.
    Non-Degree Course List.
    Workshops and courses by software providers.
    – Thursday Workshop Day at annual research conference.
    Summer School at annual research conference.
    – Free Courses

    • Natural Resources Management
      University of Bergen offers a graduate level distance learning course (MOOC) in Natural Resources Management. In this course, students learn to manage water reservoirs, fisheries, animal herds, climate etc., and they learn to operate in product markets and in case of commons problem, in quota markets. The course is interactive with on-line tasks and immediate answers, videos, analogies, animations, simulators, simulation models, and a message service. Earlier students rank highly the course and its innovative teaching methods. The course runs in fall and spring semesters, offers an exam, and there is no tuition fee.
    • Small System Dynamics Models for BIG Issues: Triple Jump towards Real-World Dynamic Complexity (with electronic case book)
      Dr. Erik Pruyt of Delft University of Technology developed this e-book for teaching and testing (large) introductory and intermediate System Dynamics courses, blended collaborative online learning, and hands-on self-teaching. The e-book is available for free. It allows anybody determined to acquire quantitative hands-on SD modelling and simulation skills to do so in the shortest possible time. Students make models, simulate them, analyze and interpret their outcomes, and use them to design adaptive policies and test their robustness. Models relate to real current dynamic issues. Full tracks of cases relate to health and drug policy, housing policy and urban planning, energy transitions and resource dynamics, wildlife and ecosystem management, safety and security, criminality and policing, education and innovation, economics and finance, and management and business. Those interested in just one of these application domains can acquire these skills by exercising only with cases within their domain of interest. The e-book is updated periodically with new cases. The course is self-taught and an exam will be offered to July 2016 conference registrants.
    • MIT OpenCourseWare
      MIT has published materials of several System Dynamics courses. MIT OpenCourseWare is a free and open publication of material from thousands of MIT courses, covering the entire Massachusetts Institute of Technology curriculum and used by millions of learners and educators around the world.
      Introduction to System Dynamics (as taught by John Sterman)
      System Dynamics II (as taught by John Sterman)
      Research Seminar in System Dynamics (as taught by Hazhir Rahmandad)

    Some Resources

    Tips page
    Road Maps
    What is SD?
    System Dynamics Review provides the latest worldwide developments in the field and is available with your membership.

    Intermediate or Advanced Modelers Resources (to name a few)

    – Thursday Workshop Day at annual research conference.
    – University Courses.
    – Workshops and courses by software providers.