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Enterprise Architecture and System Dynamics

Postby Roberta Spencer » Mon Jun 29, 2015 12:58 pm

Strategy Dynamics is pleased to announce a practice-and-research collaboration with Chinese Culture University of Taiwan into the opportunity for System Dynamics to contribute to Enterprise Architecture (the mapping of organisational processes and capabilities as a platform for enterprise-wide information-systems planning – for more on the topic, see the Open Group, a network of global organisations collaborating on EA).

A summary slide-show on the connection we will be exploring is at sdl.re/easdlink. A video of the announcement is at sdl.re/aEADlaunch. Segments of a lecture to an Enterprise Architecture conference in Taipei on the EA<>SD linkages are in a playlist at sdl.re/EASDvideos. Essentially, EA focuses on descriptive mapping of an organisation’s business processes, while SD builds working models of the system itself, on which those processes act – so combining the two should be both possible and valuable, especially to the IS/IT community.

Kim Warren of Strategy Dynamics Ltd states “We are delighted to be working with Professors Simon Lu and Min-Ren Yan and Dr. Lesly Lin at CCU’s School of Continuing Education on this.” For enquiries please write to
info@strategydynamics.com.
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The Forrester Seminar Series on System Dynamics

Postby Roberta Spencer » Fri Jun 26, 2015 2:57 pm

Professor Jay W. Forrester, founder of the field of System Dynamics, led a seminar series for PhD students in the fall of 1999 on the topic of System Dynamics. Taking place at the Sloan School of Management at MIT, the 11 part series was videotaped. Each three-hour session covers a different stand-alone topic. Please preview Session A: What is System Dynamics. The entire video series is available for purchase with an accompanying CD containing suggested readings for each session. Those who are applying System Dynamics in business and social situations will find the series useful in broadening and deepening their understanding of the field. For more information on the series, please visit the website. To purchase the series, please contact the System Dynamics Society at office@systemdynamics.org.
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Jay Forrester in MIT Technology Review

Postby Roberta Spencer » Thu Jun 25, 2015 8:51 am

Jay Forrester is the topic of an article published this week in the MIT Technology Review. The article, titled “The Many Careers of Jay Forrester,” explains how a young boy, born and raised on a Nebraska farm, went on to develop magnetic-core memory and founded the field of System Dynamics. Forrester’s long and distinguished career is chronicled in this article, with sections devoted to the many occupations and roles he has had. Ranch hand, military engineer, computing pioneer, Lincoln Lab division leader, management theorist, educator, and social analyst are just some of the titles used to describe Forrester’s many careers. If you would like to learn more about Jay’s life, a great article by David Lane can be found in your System Dynamics Review, in the article “The Power of the Bond Between Cause and Effect: Jay Wright Forrester and the field of system dynamics.” Anyone interested in learning more about the life and achievements of Jay Forrester and the growth System Dynamics will find these articles to be worth the read.
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Re: In the News

Postby James Thompson » Thu Jun 11, 2015 7:37 am

This should also be on YouTube...it's a terrific 2-minute introduction. I appreciate Prof stating that system dynamics is a neutral social science research methodology. The paper is a must read!
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Khalid Saeed Discusses the SD Approach to Economics

Postby Roberta Spencer » Wed Jun 10, 2015 9:37 am

Professor Khalid Saeed Discusses the System Dynamics Approach to Economics In his most recent paper, “Jay Forrester’s operational approach to economics,” (System Dynamics Review Volume 30, Issue 4) Khalid Saeed discusses the importance of Forrester’s contribution to the field. Instead of focusing on rational agency, Forrester bases his economic models on managerial roles and policies that relate to everyday decisions. Saeed believes that System Dynamics does not have a specific take on economics, saying that it is a neutral methodology that can be used to model any concept. The paper is not about one specific model built by Forrester, but instead explains how his approach is different from mainstream economic practices. Economists wishing to operationalize the field, managers and policy makers dealing with firms, regions and nations, and those wishing to learn about Forrester’s work in general will all find the paper to be worth the read! Please watch the video as Professor Saeed talks about this work.
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Forrester Seminar Series Screenings begin June 8th in Albany

Postby Roberta Spencer » Wed Jun 03, 2015 1:37 pm

Forrester Seminar Series Screenings begin June 8th in Albany

The Albany System Dynamics Group will be screening the Forrester Seminar Series over the summer break. On Monday, June 8th, we begin with the first half of Session A – “What is System Dynamics.” Join us on the UAlbany Uptown Campus, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany NY 12222–Room BB 368 (that is the new School of Business building) at 5:00 PM. We will watch together and have an informal discussion afterwards. The suggested readings will be made available for attendees. For more information, please contact Eliot Rich at erich2@albany.edu.

Forrester Seminar Series on System Dynamics

Professor Jay W. Forrester, the founder of the field
Jay Forrester is Professor of Management at the Sloan School of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is founder of the field of system dynamics. Beginning in 1946, Forrester directed the MIT Digital Computer Laboratory, which built whirlwind, the first digital computer, at MIT. He invented random-access, coincident-current, magnetic memory which launched the era of reliable digital computers. Later, at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, he directed development and installation of the SAGE system for North American air defense. Forrester has pioneered the use of system dynamics in management education, applications to social systems, and more recently, system dynamics as a foundation for a more relevant pre-college education from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Seminar Information
Professor Jay Forrester, in the fall of 1999, conducted a seminar series for Ph.D. students in system dynamics. Each of the eleven three-hour sessions is devoted to a different stand-alone topic, which should be of benefit to any student or practitioner in the field. The series is not a progressive tutorial for learning system dynamics, but covers related concepts and philosophy.

In an educational setting, these sessions can be used as assignments, to be viewed in preparation for a follow-up class discussion. Those who are applying system dynamics in business and social situations should find these sessions useful in broadening their understanding of the field.

Session Descriptions:

Session A: What is System Dynamics?
Professor Jay W. Forrester discusses how system dynamics started with a history beginning just before World War II. The students ask about mental models, kinds of feedback, and the relationship between system dynamics and cybernetics.
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Beer game at Technical Univeristy of Denmark

Postby Roberta Spencer » Wed Jun 03, 2015 12:38 pm

During the 28 and 29 of May, a system dynamics workshop was held at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), located in Lyngby, north of Copenhagen. In this activity, the classic beer game was played, and the assistants got the chance of experiencing the need for understanding structure which drives nonlinear behavior. Additionally, lectures and group activities introduced PhD students and researchers from DTU and the University of Aalborg to the basic tools for systems thinking and system dynamics modeling. The sessions were led by Prof. Christian Erik Kammann, MIT PhD and professor of the Copenhagen Business School, Prof. Josef Oehmen, PhD and professor form the department of Management Engineering at DTU, as well as Daniel Sepulveda, System Dynamics Society member and PhD student at DTU.
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Creative Learning Exchange Hosts DynamiQueST again at WPI

Postby Roberta Spencer » Wed Jun 03, 2015 11:19 am

The Creative Learning Exchange (CLE) Hosts DynamiQueST again at WPI

The CLE and the Boston Area Systems Thinking Educators put on the eighth DynamiQueST, an exposition of K-12 student learning on Friday, May 29th with the support of the WPI System Dynamics Program. The day featured 21 students presenting projects to expert system dynamicists and knowledgeable K-12 teachers as well as their peers. A rendition of the Infection Game (see CLE website) was run with liquid in cups for the whole group and the afternoon session featured a guided group discussion run by a dear friend of K-12, George Richardson, featuring a NY Times article about the unintended consequences of the distribution of mosquito nets to prevent malaria.

Innovation Academy, a school with system dynamics in their charter, brought multiple groups of students and was joined by students from the Lawrence Elementary (K-8) School in Brookline, MA. The project titles included: Fish Banks Policy Project, Population Growth and Energy Efficient Innovation; The Simplicity of Catapults, A Taste of Hollywood: Expressing Character Development and Theme with the Support of Systems Thinking Tools; American Revolution: Causes and Reflections; Systems of Rome; Rocket Modeling Project; and Solar Oven Modeling Project.
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Changing Systems Student Summit on Racism in June

Postby Roberta Spencer » Fri May 29, 2015 1:47 pm

The Brown School Social System Design Lab Will Host the Changing Systems Student Summit on Racism in June

The Brown School’s Social System Design Lab (SSDL) at Washington University in St. Louis is hosting a 3-day Student Summit that will use systems thinking/systems dynamics tools to address issues pertaining to structural racism in the St. Louis region. The Summit will bring together approximately 120 students from over 14 local school districts to engage in conversations about how to create social change from a systems perspective. The event is being designed and led by a group of 12 high school interns at the the Brown School’s SSDL. Megan Odenthal will be the Program Coordinator for this initiative. Megan is a graduate of the Brown School MSW program with the System Dynamics Specialization and Gephardt Civic Scholar with a background in youth development. The Changing Systems Student Summit on Racism in June is the result of longstanding commitments in St. Louis to systems thinking by the Waters Foundation, Ritenour School District, and Boeing.
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Fifth-year Anniversary of the First SD Class

Postby Roberta Spencer » Tue May 05, 2015 1:43 pm

Fifth-year Anniversary of the First SD Class at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

To celebrate the fifth-year anniversary of the first module (class) in Dynamic Modeling of Public Policy Systems, at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, John Richardson’s students will be giving “final examination” presentations describing their original model-based projects. Presentations are given using the “Pecha Kucha” format (20 slides 20 seconds per slide, 6 min, 40 seconds) first introduced by a community of architects in Japan. As in recent past years, they will be acknowledging their achievements with presentations to a wider audience, comprising not only National University of Singapore faculty and students, but also members of the wider Singapore Community. This will also mark the completion of the module by more than 100 students from Singapore, China, India, Japan, Indonesia, Korea, Pakistan and the many other nations that the Lee Kuan Yew School serves. Most students will return to or embark on careers as public policy professionals.

What does the module in the Dynamic Modeling of Public Policy Systems entail? Students are expected to define a policy relevant problem and craft a system dynamics model that addresses it. After rigorous validity and robustness testing, the model is used to diagnose the problem and point to policy recommendations. These must be accessible and compelling to potential clients with no background in dynamic systems modeling. These final oral presentations, backed up with written reports and documentation, provide class members with the opportunity to demonstrate the level of mastery in public policy modeling that they have attained.
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