MIT System Dynamics Group Literature Collection selected by Jay W. Forrester
The MIT System Dynamics Group Literature Collection is a powerful tool that will advance your knowledge of the important history of the field at MIT and help build a foundation for understanding future growth. The collection, based on the famous D-memos, spans nearly fifty years of work in system dynamics, and reveals a rich historical point of view.
You may view a table of contents for each section:
- D-memos (contents in 10 separate web pages), including working papers on the National Model
- MIT Doctoral, Master’s and Bachelor’s theses by well known practitioners
- Assignments and solutions from the self-teaching Guided Study Program, a three-year experiment in the 1990’s to teach system dynamics as distance learning course
- Instructional materials from the Road Maps series
- Selected published papers (additional d-memos)
- Miscellaneous other published papers reference section with complete citations & abstracts
First reactions from users…
“An essential historical reference for anyone serious about system dynamics.” John Sterman, MIT
“The definitive source for the serious practitioner – this is a ‘must have’ reference for regular use.” Nick Pudar, General Motors Corporation
“Fascinating history, significant now, helpful in the future.” George Richardson, University at Albany
“This is a gem.” Rod MacDonald, Initiative for System Dynamics in the Public Sector
“Over the years, I’ve paid $500 or more for copies of a few PhD system dynamics theses from the MIT library. The inclusion of PhD and masters theses makes this DVD an incredible bargain.” Jim Thompson, Cigna Health Care
Using the Literature Collection
- The MIT System Dynamics Group Literature Collection contains over 3,600 D-memos, along with theses, publications, the Guided Study Program, the Road Map series and miscellaneous papers. Selected by Jay W. Forrester, it is meant to be a comprehensive collection including substantive and historical materials.
- The D-memos are part of a filing and archiving system that began with D-0 in 1956. The “D” indicates “document” and the “memo” segment identifies the paper.
- The collection’s lists are searchable by author and words in the titles, but due to the electronic scanning and compression process used, the pdf files cannot be searched for text. Also included is a searchable and sortable Excel spreadsheet for the collection’s D-memos only – not the entire collection.
- The DVD runs directly from a DVD drive. (No installation on hard drive required.) There is a ReadMe file with full user instructions.
- Some works are in draft form and were later published. It is recommended that for citing purposes, the final, published work be used.