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Call for Papers: The 7th Annual “Azienda Pubblica” Workshop

Postby Roberta Spencer » Wed Nov 25, 2015 8:35 pm

Call for Papers: The Paradigm Shift from Output to Outcome Measures in the Public Sector

The 7th Annual “Azienda Pubblica” Workshop and Symposium on Theory and Experiences in Management Science will be held at the University of Palermo in Italy from the 25th to the 27th of May 2016. Please consider this call for papers on the following topic: The Paradigm Shift from Output to Outcome Measures in the Public Sector.

This call for papers seeks both theoretical and empirical research on how public organizations have evolved their performance management systems toward outcome measures and on how public officials have used them for making managerial and political decisions.

Abstracts are due by January 15, 2016; completed manuscripts are due by March 31, 2016 to Carmine Bianchi—conference & symposium coordinating editor—at

Manuscripts presented at the conference also are eligible for a special symposium on this topic for the International Journal of Public Administration, which will include a double-blind review process. Please also direct questions regarding manuscripts to

For complete details on the symposium/workshop or call for papers, visit
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Natural Resources Management in University of Bergen

Postby Roberta Spencer » Wed Nov 25, 2015 8:32 pm

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.
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NECSI Winter School Complexity Courses

Postby Roberta Spencer » Sat Nov 21, 2015 3:50 pm

January 4 - 15, 2016 NECSI Winter School Complexity Courses - REGISTRATION OPEN
January 4-8: Complex Physical, Biological & Social Systems
January 10: Computer Programming and Complex Systems
January 11-15: Complex Systems Modeling and Networks
Location: MIT, Cambridge, MA
These courses are intended for faculty, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and professionals who would like to gain an understanding of complex systems methods for research and applications.

The winter school offers two intensive week-long courses with lectures, discussions, and supervised group projects. Though the second week builds on material covered in the first week, one is not a prerequisite for the other. Register for either or both weeks. Arrangements for credit at a home institution may be made in advance.

See course descriptions below or online at:
CX201: Complex Physical, Biological and Social Systems
Dates: January 4-8, 2016
This course offers an introduction to the essential concepts of complex systems and related mathematical methods and simulation strategies with application to physical, biological and social systems. The course will particularly focus on the use of multiscale representations as a unifying approach to complex systems concepts, methods and applications.
Concepts to be discussed include: emergence, complexity, networks, self-organization, pattern formation, evolution, adaptation, fractals, chaos, cooperation, competition, attractors, interdependence, scaling, dynamic response, information, and function.

Methods to be discussed include: statistical methods, cellular automata, agent-based modeling, pattern recognition, system representation and informatics.
CX102: Computer Programming and Complex Systems
Date: January 10, 2016
This course introduces computer programming in the Python language for those with little or no computer programming experience. It is designed as a precursor to CX202.

The course will present programming concepts and hands-on exercises. Topics to be covered include: data structures, algorithms, variables and assignments, numerical and logical operations, lists and dictionaries, user-defined functions, flow control, loops, and visualization.
CX202: Complex Systems Modeling and Networks
Dates: January 11-15, 2016
This course provides (a) an introduction to building models of complex systems (physical, biological, social and engineered), and (b) the study of networks, including topologies and dynamics of real world networks.

The course will cover the basic construction and analysis of models including identifying what is to be modeled, constructing a mathematical representation, analysis tools and implementing and simulating the model in a computer program. Particular attention will be paid to choosing the right level of detail for the model, testing its robustness, and discussing which questions a given model can or cannot answer.

The study of networks will introduce the use of network topologies and the characterization of networks describing complex systems, including such concepts as small worlds, degree distribution, diameter, clustering coefficient, modules, and motifs. Different types of network topologies and network behaviors that model aspects of real complex systems will be described including: modular, sparse, random, scale-free, influence, transport, transformation, and structure.

NOTE: Students without a background in programming are strongly recommended to attend the Sunday Lab CX102: Computer Programming and Complex Systems in conjunction with CX202.
For more information and registration, visit:

New England Complex Systems Institute
210 Broadway Suite 101
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: 617-547-4100
Fax: 617-661-7711
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From John Morecroft

Postby Diane Poirier » Tue Nov 17, 2015 4:13 pm

SD556 Spring 2016

SD556: Strategic Modeling and Business Dynamics

The performance of firms and industries rarely unfolds in the way management teams expect or intend. The purpose of strategic modelling and business dynamics is to investigate how the parts of an enterprise operate, fit together and interact to determine business performance over time. By modelling the relationships among the parts and simulating their temporal implications, it is possible to anticipate potential problems, avoid strategic pitfalls and improve performance.

The course demonstrates modelling as a creative process for distilling and communicating those factors that drive business success and sustainability. We cover a range of important dynamics in firm operations, strategy, and public policy. Models are deliberately small to clearly illustrate principles of model conceptualization, equation formulation and simulation analysis. We also review some larger models that arose from real-world applications to airlines, the oil industry, consumer electronics and fast moving consumer goods.

The course has been taken in the past both by advanced graduate students and people working in industry. Content is delivered online in an asynchronous mode well-suited to the professional development needs and work schedule of participants with busy lives and full-time jobs.

Homework comprises six graded modeling assignments. In addition, extensive learning support materials (with simulators, articles and personal workshops) are available on a Learners’ website that accompanies the newly updated course textbook

Pre-requisite: SD550 - System Dynamics Foundations

Contact online@WPI.EDU for assistance with enrollment.

Dr John Morecroft
Adjunct Professor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

and Senior Fellow | Management Science and Operations
London Business School | Regent's Park | London NW1 4SA | United Kingdom | London experience. World impact
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from Khalid Saeed regarding SD551 Spring 2016

Postby Roberta Spencer » Wed Nov 04, 2015 12:35 pm


SD551 Spring 2016

In Spring term 2016, I’ll be teaching our core hands-on course on system dynamics modeling:

SD551: Modeling and Experimental Analysis of Complex Problems

This course is focused on addressing complex problems using system dynamics modeling and articulating such problems is an important part of the process. Working within specific generic systems, the students are coached to develop models from somewhat diffuse problem descriptions and to design, carry out and interpret simulation experiments addressed to model validity and system improvement. The course has been taken in the past both by advanced graduate students and people working in industry. It is required for System Dynamics (SD) and System Dynamics and Innovation Management (SDIM) masters and graduate certificate programs.

The course is conducted in an asynchronous mode on line and people working on it as a part of their professional development effort can often accommodate it in their work schedule. Homework comprises some eight modeling assignment. A basic level understanding of system dynamics is a pre-requisite for the course. WPI preparatory courses for meeting the pre-req. include SD550: System Dynamics Foundations, and SS590: Introduction to System Dynamics – both available on line.

Write to me at if you feel you have the basic preparation to wave the WPI pre-req. courses. Contact Diane Poirier at dpoirier@WPI.EDU for assistance with enrollment.

Professor Khalid Saeed
Director, System Dynamics Program
Co-Director, System Dynamics and Innovation Management Program
School of Arts and Sciences
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
100 Institute Road,Worcester, MA 01609
Ph: 508-831-5563, Fax: 508-831-5896
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Systems Thinking and Dynamic Modeling in Healthcare

Postby Karim Chichakly » Fri Sep 18, 2015 10:32 am

Learn how to apply systems thinking to healthcare issues using Stella Professional
Space is Limited - Reserve your place today!

Date: October 22-23, 2015
Place: Waltham Woods Conference Center, Waltham (MA)
Faculty: Bob Eberlein
Cost: $1,200 for Non-Educators
$960 for University
$600 for K-12

Whether you are stuck with a difficult problem in your organization or simply interested in systems thinking in general, this two-day workshop is designed to provide healthcare professionals with the tools they need to deal with increasingly complex challenges!

A practical introduction to systems Thinking concepts and tools allows you to gain insights and find solutions for your day-to-day problems. We will draw upon the experience of each participant to create meaningful and useful discussions and get you started in analyzing an issue of your own choosing.

Space is limited so sign up today!
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Society for Organizational Learning Offers New Program

Postby Roberta Spencer » Thu Sep 17, 2015 11:51 am

In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Fifth Discipline, by Peter Senge, the Society for Organizational Learning is offering “Applied Organizational Learning for Business Results” on December 7, 2015 through December 11, 2015 at The Warren Center in Ashland. Massachusetts. Presented by Peter Senge, Rick Karash, and Deborah Reidy, this highly interactive workshop will demonstrate the tools and methods necessary for building learning organizations and apply them to your most pressing business challenges. Individuals and teams from all sectors – corporate, non-profit, government and education – who recognize that a new way of doing business is needed to survive and succeed in the 21st century are encouraged to attend. Please note: there is a 10% tuition discount when people register by October 15th.
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Introduction to Sysdea for Teachers

Postby Kim Warren » Fri Sep 04, 2015 8:10 am

Teachers - please join us for a free 1-hour Webinar on 17th September, at 2pm, UTC. If you are not already registered with us as a teacher, you can do so at Spaces are limited so please go to to register specifically for the webinar.

The recent major upgrade to Sysdea aims to make life as easy as possible for learners - and for teachers. You can just share online exercises with students using simple share-links, or use the software and model-sharing to quickly teach them how to build models. Sysdea runs in your browser, requiring no installation. See for a short demo.

We also have plans for a class management facility for Sysdea which will be ideal for providing models and exercises to students and managing their work. See for more information.

Strategy Dynamics Ltd.
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Introduction to System Dynamics course offered at WPI this f

Postby Karim Chichakly » Tue Aug 25, 2015 4:03 pm

Are you trying to learn how to model? There is no better way to get started than with WPI's "Introduction to System Dynamics", SS590. Learn the basics of Systems Thinking and then move on to the process of modeling real problems. This course gives you the tools you need to face that blank model page and more confidently develop a working model. Learn how accumulation and feedback modify the behavior of systems, become adept at using standard model formulations, and learn how to model intangibles, design graphical/table functions, and parameterize your model.

For prerequisite and degree requirements, this course can be used in place of SD550, which is not taught this fall. If you plan to take SD551 (Modeling and Experimental Analysis of Complex Problems) or SD556 (Strategic Modeling and Business Dynamics) in the spring, make sure to take SS590 this fall.

Please contact with any questions.
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Live Webinar: Modeling Projects

Postby Karim Chichakly » Wed Aug 19, 2015 3:48 pm

Modeling Projects
Gain Insights to Manage Your Next Project to Success

Live 4-class webinar starts September 2.

Move beyond the basics of dynamic modeling! Our new Advanced Modeling series focuses on specific applications of system dynamics modeling.

Our first course takes an in-depth look at Project Management. Through each one-hour class session, you will learn about some of the competing forces that make successful project management a challenge, as well as some ways to counteract these forces.

Classes in this course examine the following topics:

    The Rework Cycle
    Adding Task Precedence and Staff
    Effects of Compound Errors and Schedule Pressure
    Effects of Experience Dilution
Join us for our first course and discover the benefits of systems thinking on project management!

Register here: or email
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