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Re: Workshops and Courses

Postby Michael von Kutzschenbach » Thu Jan 21, 2016 2:03 pm

Register now: 3-day Seminar "Managing Digital Transformation: A feedback systems approach to bridging business and IT "
When: Feb., 25-27
Where: FHNW in Basel, Switzerland

For more information please follow this link: ... sformation

We are looking forward to seeing you in Basel.

Best regards,
Michael von Kutzschenbach

Lecturer/Senior Researcher, Business Transformation Management
Deputy Head of Competence Center for Technology, Organization, and People (TOP)

FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland
School of Business
Institute for Information Systems
Peter Merian-Strasse 86
CH-4002 Basel

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Intermediate Dynamic Modeling Workshop

Postby Karim Chichakly » Thu Jan 21, 2016 1:52 pm

Join us in Atlanta on February 4th and 5th for our Intermediate Dynamic Modeling Workshop! [More details in post below this.]

For more information, see
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Intermediate Dynamic Modeling Workshop

Postby Karim Chichakly » Wed Jan 20, 2016 5:58 pm

Join us in Atlanta!

This two-day workshop builds the skills needed to create, explore and understand dynamic models with Stella® Professional, iThink® and STELLA, while also providing a forum for you to make progress on your own modeling projects. Presentations and exercises on techniques for working with the software will be interwoven with coaching on model development. When possible, pertinent examples from the group will be used to demonstrate the techniques being taught. Participants should come with a modeling project they wish to make progress on.

The course will cover topics in:
- Array and module use
- Working with data
- Building blocks and molecules of structure
- Sensitivity analysis
- Model quality assessment

This workshop is intended for those who have taken the introductory courses or worked with the software significantly and want to continue to learn more. It is practical, is heavily hands on, and is a great opportunity to work closely with one of our modeling experts!
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Postby Etiënne Rouwette » Tue Jan 19, 2016 11:35 am

Call for applications to the BEHAVIOURAL OR SUMMER SCHOOL , May 15-22, 2016,Finland

********Please note that the application deadline is February 20, 2016*********
We invite applications from doctoral students and advanced masters students as well as post docs interested in this new and exciting field within OR . We also wellcome people from other non-OR backgrounds such as behavioural, social, computational and organizational sciences. Knowledge of OR is not a prerequisite - interdisciplinarity is in a key role in BOR.

Behavioural operational research (BOR) is a new very rapidly developing area in operational research. It is interested in the behavioural issues related to model based problem solving and decision making as well as in using models to describe human behaviour in problem solving and complex settings.

This international summer school is the first in this new area. Our distinquished lecturers are pioneering professors in the field including L.Alberto Franco, Paul Goodwin, Konstantinos Katsikopoulos, Jeffrey Keisler, Gilberto Montibeller, Stewart Robinson, Esa Saarinen, Ahti Salo and Jyrki Wallenius. This will be a unique opportunity to get an early start in this emerging new field in OR. The presentations will cover different areas of operational research including problem structuring ,multicriteria decision making, heuristics and biases, simulation, systems thinking and forecasting . There will also be talks by brain researchers and demonstrations of new measurement techniques, including brain imaging, which are used in studying human emotions and behaviour.
The students will have the possibility to describe their research projects and present posters. Students will also have the opportunity to discuss their research ideas and collaborate with our distinguished speakers .

The summer school is organized by the Systems Analysis Laboratory in the Aalto university and the BOR community.
It will take place on the Otaniemi campus of the Aalto University near Helsinki.
General info:
How to apply:
BOR web site:

Welcome to the BOR Summer School in Finland!
Raimo P. Hämäläinen
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Several MIT System Dynamics Courses

Postby Roberta Spencer » Wed Jan 06, 2016 4:11 pm

Recently Published Materials of Several MIT System Dynamics Courses

Several course offerings in System Dynamics are newly available through the MIT OpenCourseWare free online curriculum program: Introduction to System Dynamics and System Dynamics II taught by John Sterman, in addition to Research Seminar in System Dynamics taught by Hazhir Rahmandad.

MIT OpenCourseWare is a free and open publication of material from thousands of MIT courses, covering the entire MIT curriculum and used by millions of learners and educators around the world. Browse a complete listing of courses offered by the MIT Sloan School of Management OpenCourseWare program.
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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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