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NEWSLETTER

Volume 21 – Number 2        June 2008

 

C O N T E N T S

From the Executive Director

2008 Governance

Request for News

Bibliography Update

News and Notes

Announcements

2008 Athens Conference Update

2009 Albuquerque, NM USA Conference

2010 Conference Site Selected

Sponsor News

How to Contact Us

 

From the Executive Director

Roberta L. Spencer

Dear Members:

The Society’s home moved to the University at Albany January 1, 1997. In November of that year, we hired Jennifer Rowe to help, part-time, with our beer game sales and other Society central office tasks. Over the years, Jen’s time commitment increased to 75% and then finally to full-time. Furthermore, Jen’s responsibilities increased. Among a number of vital daily and continuous operating tasks and procedures, she is entirely responsible for all membership issues from developing and maintaining the database to managing membership payments, to the complex synchronizing of information including the on-line membership directory and the web submission system. If you are a member, or have attended a conference, or purchased a product from the Society, Jen has gladly helped you.

“I have truly enjoyed working with system dynamics folks from around the world,” Jen says. “And, I have learned a lot—you can’t work in this office for long without adopting a systems perspective on just about everything!”

The exciting news is that Jen has decided to attend law school. After over 10 years of excellent service to the Society, Jen is starting a new chapter in her life. Jen will be missed here. Please join me in wishing Jen best wishes and much success as she embarks on this new journey.

Further exciting news! Please join me in welcoming Erin Sheehan. Erin will join the central office staff on July 1st. Erin’s background in working with non-profit organizations matches nicely and will complement the requirements of this position. We look forward to Erin joining the team.

Change can be challenging but Jen has arranged to stay until August 1st giving Jen and Erin one month of side-by-side instruction. This position has many unique aspects; with cross training and collaboration, the entire office staff will work together toward a seamless transfer of the knowledge base for continuous services for all our members and multiple projects.

In this issue of the Newsletter, you will find news from our sponsors, news and notes from several of our chapters and members, and conference updates for Athens and for Albuquerque 2009. Enjoy!

As always, please contact the Society office if we can help you with any Society or membership issue, or if you wish to register for the Athens conference.

Warm regards, Roberta

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2008 Governance

Officers

James M. Lyneis
President

David F. Andersen
VP Finance

Robert L. Eberlein
VP E-Presence

Erling Moxnes
President Elect

Deborah Lines Andersen
VP Publications

Brian C. Dangerfield
Exec., System Dynamics Review

Qifan Wang
Past President

Tim Haslett
VP Chapter Activities

Joel Rahn
VP at Large

Jay W. Forrester
Founding President

Deborah Campbell
VP Member Services

David W. Packer
Secretary

Andreas Größler
VP Meetings

Policy Council

Gloria Pérez Salazar
Santanu Roy
Ali Kerem Saysel
Krystyna Stave
(2006–2008)

Renan Jia
Özge Pala
Warren Tignor
Khaled Wahba
(2007–2009)

Enzo Bivona
Burak Güneralp
Imrana Umar
Lars Weber
(2008–2010)

Chapter Representatives

Mark Heffernan
Australasia

Hélder da Costa
Brazil

Bing Wu
China

David Wheat
Economics

Walid Badr
Egypt

Switbert Miczka
German

Nikolaos Pomonis
Hellenic

Habib Sedehi
Italian

Kaoru Yamaguchi
Japan

Man-Hyung Lee
Korea

Martin Schaffernicht
Latin America

Leeza Osipenko
Russian

Ijaz Yusuf
Pakistan

Ralph Levine
Psychology

Nicole Zimmermann
Student

Thomas Beck and Stefan Groesser
Swiss

Brian C. Dangerfield
United Kingdom

Special Interest Group Representatives

Jeffrey Boyer
Business

Carol Frances, Michael Kennedy
Education

Andrea Bassi, Luc Van Den Durpel
Energy

Tom Forest
Environmental

David Rees
Health Policy

Edward Andersen, Leonard Malczynski
Inter- and Intranational Conflict

Vedat Diker, Luis Luna, Oleg Pavlov
Information Science and
Information Systems

 

Jill Slinger, Pål Davidsen
Model Analysis

Jose Gonzalez, Jose Mari Sarriegi, Marieke Klaver
Security

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Request for News

Our plan to publish four issues of the System Dynamics Newsletter every year continues with this, the second issue of this year. Please send us your letters, news, photographs, and ideas to be included in one of the newsletters! Additionally, if you would like to contribute an article of interest to our community, please send your suggestion to the Society office.

All past newsletters, back to 1988, are available on the Society website under “Publications.”

Bibliography Update

The System Dynamics Bibliography is updated every six months. Members may download the bibliography for free. Please send your new references to the Society office. We ask your help in improving the accuracy and usefulness of the Bibliography. Please check your entries for correctness; send any edits (including deletions of entries that have been superseded) to the Society office. Find the Bibliography on the Society website; click on “Products / Bibliography.”

 

News and Notes

New SIG Formally Accepted by Policy Council

The Inter- and Intranational Conflict (IINC) Special Interest Group was approved by the Policy Council on 3 March 2008. The SIG is concerned with the application of system dynamics to understanding inter- and intranational conflict, e.g. military and political conflict, terrorism, insurgency, etc. There is a wide range of interested individuals, both academics and practitioners, currently applying the system dynamics approach to this area. Much of this work has not been published or is difficult to obtain.

The primary goal of the IINC SIG is to link together those system dynamics researchers with an interest in building models of inter- and intranational conflict, including such topics as wars, balance-of-power negotiations, insurgencies, and terrorism. There has been a great deal of work in quantitative models of international relations and political science relating to this area. However, with few exceptions, these models exclude feedback dynamics, limiting their explanatory power. Hence, we would like to leverage the SIG to build a critical mass of system dynamics researchers interested in this area to: (1) promote dissemination of new system dynamics work in the area of conflict modeling throughout the system dynamics community; (2) help bridge the gap with researchers from other fields interested in these topics; and (3) more effectively influence policy makers.

Ed Anderson and Len Malczynski will serve as the leaders of the group, responsible for reporting to the Policy Council.

 

ASysT Prize Awarded

A team of nine system dynamics modelers, group facilitators, and public health scholars has been selected as the winner of the inaugural Applied Systems Thinking prize (ASysT), honoring accomplishment in applying systems thinking to a problem of national significance in the United States. The winning team—led by Bobby Milstein of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—has worked at the CDC continuously since 2002 to develop and disseminate simulation models related to chronic disease, intertwined epidemics, community health, and national health policy. The modelers on the team include Jack Homer, Gary Hirsch, Andrew Jones, and Kristina Wile.

The other team members include Joyce Essien (Emory University), Doc Klein (consultant), Patty Mabry (National Institutes of Health), and Diane Orenstein (CDC). The team will present a seminar on its work at the Arlington, Virginia headquarters of Analytic Services Inc., on July 25, 2008, as part of ASI’s 50th Anniversary Gala. It will also receive a cash award of $20,000, which will be deposited with the CDC Foundation to support the team’s continued work in public health modeling.
Jack Homer

 

New Appointment for David Wheat

David Wheat has been appointed as Associate Professor in System Dynamics at the University of Bergen. David has a Masters degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a PhD in System Dynamics from the University of Bergen. He is known to many of you as the recipient of last year’s Dana Meadows Award and as the current President of the Economics Chapter of the System Dynamics Society. David will teach modelling and development in our International Masters Program in System Dynamics, advise Masters and PhD students, and do research in economics, teaching, etc.
Erling Moxnes and Pål I. Davidsen
 

New Appointment for Kambiz Maani

Kambiz Maani, a long-standing member of the System Dynamics Society, has been recently appointed as the AgResearch Chair in Systems Thinking and Practice in the School of Natural and Rural Systems Management of the University of Queensland. The Chair was established in 2007 as a joint appointment between AgResearch in New Zealand and the University of Queensland in Australia. The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of the largest and most prestigious of the Australia’s 39 universities. It ranked 33 in the 2007 Financial Times survey of world universities. AgResearch is New Zealand’s largest Crown Research Institute and conducts research and development that underpins the pastoral sector’s sustainability and profitability. It has over 700 research scientists located predominantly at four major research centres.


Kambiz Maani

The University of Queensland and AgResearch believe that systems thinking and its application will underpin research and education for moving towards sustainable futures. The Chair in Systems Thinking and Practice will support both organizations to become a global “reference point” in systems thinking and practice. The role requires facilitating the development and application of systems theory and methodologies in solving complex problems in sustainable management of agro-ecosystems, and providing leadership to help build a systems culture and appropriate capacity in both organisations.

Prior to this position Kambiz has held a leading role at the University of Auckland Business School in conducting research, developing programs and offering management education in systems thinking around the world. He has been an active member of the Society since 1998, participating in annual conferences and contributing research to the System Dynamics Review. His book with Bob Cavana: Systems Thinking, System Dynamics — Managing Change and Complexity (Prentice Hall, 2nd Edition 2007) is one of the most widely used systems text and reference books around the world.

 

16th MIT—UAlbany—WPI System Dynamics PhD Colloquium

 

Students (and faculty) from University at Albany, MIT and WPI gathered on the steps of Page Hall in Albany on Friday, April 25th, after a day-long PhD Colloquium. This twice-a-year event started in the Fall of 2000.

You can find a link to information about this event (as well as other past gatherings) including a summary, abstracts, and presentations, at the bottom of the Society’s Activites page or go directly to: http://systemdynamics.org/PhD_Colloquium/16th/

Left to right, back row: Nici Zimmermann, John Lyneis, David Andersen, Elisa Alonso, Bahadir Akcam, Gökhan Dogan. Front Row: Navid Ghaffarzadegan, Burak Türkgülü, Deborah Andersen, Kawika Pierson, Travis Frank, Niyousha Hosseini, and Hyunjung Kim.

Other attendees absent from the photo: Oleg Pavlov, George Richardson, Khalid Saeed, Ryan Taylor, Andy Whitmore, Joe Hsueh, and Allen Boorstein.

 

SYstem Dynamics Italian Chapter News

SYstem Dynamics Italian Chapter Hosted Club of Rome Meeting, June 16–17, 2008

Rome (and it couldn’t be elsewhere!) hosted the Aurelio Peccei Centenary Conference — Club of Rome 40th Anniversary Meeting on June 16–17th.

Inside the beautiful new Auditorium della Musica (Music Auditorium), for two days, important scientists and politicians discussed about strategies for a sustainable development of the planet, and remembered Peccei’s figure and thoughts.

It is needless to say that such a cultural event is extremely important, for the entire scientific community as well as for the society as a whole, but it is particularly relevant for any researcher having to do with system dynamics and surely for the System Dynamics Society.

In fact, Aurelio Peccei, who was a great man before being a scientist, at the beginning of the 1970s proposed to a group of young researchers, led at the time at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) by J. W. Forrester, to undertake an important project for the Club of Rome and for humanity.

The project aimed at describing the global ‘World Problems’ through a mathematical model (quite a risky task at the time and even now) that had to represent the various aspects connected to a sustainable economic growth and which could have been used as a guideline for possible future actions. The scenarios clearly showed that continuing to misuse the earth’s resources would in turn lead humanity towards a global disaster in a short time. The results of the project were afterwards published in the famous report: The Limits to Growth.

For this important event, members of SYDIC (SYstem Dynamics Italian Chapter) partook in the conference in order to cover the event with fully detailed reporting and possibly also with some interviews of important personalities. All the material will be published on the SYDIC website (www.systemdynamics.it) after June 20th as well as in one of the next System Dynamics Society Newsletters.

All the information concerning the Club of Rome Conference is presently available at the following link: http://www.clubofrome.at/events/2008/rome/index.html

 

SYstem Dynamics Italian Chapter Website Updated

During this year a lot of work was done on the SYDIC website.

The website www.systemdynamics.it was completely re-designed with the intent of creating a valuable tool for the SYDIC members as well as of constituting a reference point for those involved in system dynamics in Italy. The simple website that the older version of www.systemdynamics.it was became a real web community, which aims to promote and spread system dynamics at all levels: academic and professional, both in public and private sectors.

To realize the SYDIC on-line community we began to study web marketing strategies and we then analyzed groupware tools (groupware is a platform to support collaborative work or CSCW–Computer Supported Cooperative Work).

The site offers the possibility of finding information and documentation in general on system dynamics, and in particular to see who (and how) in Italy, researchers and professionals, work in system dynamics (each member can become visible through the possibility of creating his/her own homepage on the site). It also allows all members to interact through a forum.

We have included a series of web pages dedicated to the history of system dynamics and to the methodology description; a specific area is dedicated to useful links for those (rookies) who are approaching system dynamics with the addition of a list of suitable and recommended references.

Another option which it has been decided is necessary to include is a function dedicated to document sharing management between the members of the community. Towards this end, we have introduced some standard applications through which each user will be able to upload documents, models or other software, classified according to different selected parameters.

In order to support the diffusion of the discipline in Italy, a peculiar page has been created where anybody can search to find who (and where) are the other community members in Italy, and once one finds a specific member, some synthetic information will be immediately available. This kind of page has been suitably created also in order to ensure visibility to the members of SYDIC. Each member can always check the personal and common information that he/she considers useful to put in evidence at any user availability. To ensure a simple and fast visibility form, we decided to adopt the personal page tool; in fact every member can create inside the website, and in a completely autonomous way, a real personal homepage.

To ensure a more efficient communication by the SYDIC management towards the members, we decided to use, as a messaging tool, a classic e-mail tool; this has been set up in a newsletter site mode. Every user/member can however decide to join or not the newsletter mailing list, in order to ensure the maximum freedom. When SYDIC intends to announce new web contents or new events, this can be communicated by means of an e-mail to all the members who have subscribed to the mailing list. Finally, as a cooperation tool and for the knowledge/opinion exchange between users, we have chosen to create a forum environment.

SYDIC’s web community is on-line since November 2007, and now we have more than 70 users. We have received good feedback from users and we are working to increase the web community.

Stefano Armenia, for the SYDIC Staff

 
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UK Chapter Gathering in February, 2008

 

The UK Chapter of the System Dynamics Society held its annual gathering this year in London. For many years we have convened at Harrogate, a charming spa town in North Yorkshire, but it was felt that in 2008 we needed to break the mould and so we used the splendid facilities offered by London South Bank University.

Our two-day programme was collaborative with the SD+ Study Group of the Operational Research Society and thanks go to Sally Brailsford for facilitating the joint event.

The decision to re-locate to London was clearly a success since we had over 65 people attending and the general consensus was that it was a very useful session indeed.

The format was as in previous years: presentations were given on the Thursday afternoon following which delegates could engage with any or all of the speakers in informal focus group sessions which reported back to the plenary gathering at the conclusion. After an enjoyable evening buffet we reconvened the following day.

 

Speakers

We were fortunate to have perhaps one of the best slates of speakers we have ever been able to offer at these gatherings.

John Morecroft and Stewart Robinson kicked things off with a presentation on fisheries. What was particularly novel about their talk was that John presented the problem from a system dynamics perspective while Stewart took a discrete-event simulation (DES) based approach. Here in a nutshell was evidence of the collaborative slant of the entire event and the links between the system dynamics and OR fraternities. John and Stewart concluded that, for system dynamics, the future is “partly and significantly pre-determined”, whilst for DES “it is partly and significantly a matter of chance”.


John Morecroft

Next up was Colin Eden who spoke on combining problem structuring and system dynamics group modelling. Here again the talk meshed well with our themes: problem structuring tools being associated with ‘soft OR’ and group modelling with system dynamics.


Colin Eden

Jim Lyneis
We finished the presentation session with a talk from Jim Lyneis, the current President of the System Dynamics Society, and someone whom we were fortunate to have on this side of the pond at the right moment! Jim delivered a talk on the integration of system dynamics models with other tools and approaches, informed by 25 years of his experience as a consultant.

The Thursday evening concluded with a buffet and wine. Again our thanks to LSBU for laying on such an enjoyable occasion to end the day—and for documenting the Speakers’ Presentational Materials (ISBN 1 87418-66-7).

 

Prizes

Two prizes were awarded during the course of the two-day meeting. The newly inaugurated Steer Davies Gleave prize, for the best piece of work using system dynamics to address a topic of wide public interest, was awarded to Symmetric SD for their work entitled “Improving Access to Mental Health, both Locally and Nationally”. The Symmetric team consisted of Professor Eric Wolstenholme, Non-Executive Director of Symmetric and Professor of Business Learning at London South Bank University; David Monk and David Todd, both Directors of Symmetric; Douglas McKelvie, an Associate of Symmetric; and Dean Repper, Director, Care Services Improvement Partnership Northwest, Department of Health UK.


Prize Winners

Accepting their prize, a cheque for £500, the team announced they would be donating it to The Parkinson’s Disease Society and Mind, two UK charities concerned with health issues.

The Chapter Student Prize went to Giuseppe Santoro for his work entitled “The Development of the Biodiesel Industry and its Implications for the Glycerine Industry.” Giuiseppe, who now works for Dow Europe GmbH, carried out this work while studying under the supervision of John Morecroft at the London Business School.

 
Workshop session

The Friday morning session again returned to the theme of system dynamics and DES. Antuela Tako, a PhD candidate at Warwick University, facilitated a workshop on prison population models. She was interested in learning whether delegates reached the same or different conclusions from interacting with two live models: both on prison populations but one using DES and running under Simul8 and the other using system dynamics and running under iThink. This was a fascinating innovation and something I have not experienced before. We await Antuela’s thesis to learn the results for we all filled out a response form to offer our impressions and answers to specific questions.

 

PhD Colloquium

The afternoon session on the Friday witnessed our first-ever PhD Colloquium. We were initially apprehensive about the likely success of this venture, one that had first surfaced when we sent around a questionnaire soliciting comments from research students in system dynamics in the UK. We need not have worried. After a short introduction from Sally Brailsford (which included the now legendary slide depicting the almost exponential growth of the number of ‘hits’ on the Web of Science of articles with system dynamics and health in the title, abstract or keywords over the past 16 years or so) we convened around 12 poster boards to review the work of current PhD students in the UK. Thanks to all who took the trouble to prepare a poster and thanks also to Mike Quigley (University of Salford) who organised the colloquium.

 

 
A Testimonial

Following the meeting we received an e-mail from Simon Cross, MD who is a Reader in the Academic Unit of Pathology in the School of Medicine at the University of Sheffield. He is a recent ‘convert’ to system dynamics. He concluded his message:

“The annual gathering was a very valuable way of getting an overview of system dynamics in the UK, and I was also struck by how friendly and approachable everyone was (which is in rather stark contrast to the biomedical research conferences that I usually attend)”.

 


Mike Kennedy and Susan Howick

With hearty thanks to Susan Howick (outgoing President of the UK Chapter) and Mike Kennedy (LSBU) who took on the substantial roles of lead and local organiser, respectively. We look forward to an equally lively, fun and, above all, interesting event next year!!

Brian Dangerfield, VP Liaison

 
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Announcements

 

2008 Athens Conference Update

 

The 26th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society   July 20– 24, 2008   Athens, Greece

For updated details, please visit the Society website at: http://www.systemdynamics.org/ Then click on “Conferences / Current” to find the 2008 Conference web page. Please contact the Society office for registration assistance.

The conference will bring together approximately 500 people working in system dynamics and systems thinking. Presentations by practitioners and world leaders in the field will cover a wide variety of topics.

 

Program

Tentative Schedule: Presentation abstracts, a number of full papers and supporting materials are available for preview on-line; simply follow the links. A program overview by thread is also available to preview the conference program by subject. Please go to http://www.systemdynamics.org/ Go to “Conferences / Current/” and click on the link for “Tentative Schedule.”

The conference program will consist of invited and contributed sessions and workshops demonstrating the state of the art in the theory and application of system dynamics.

In addition, panel discussions, special interest group sessions, student colloquia, the modeling assistance workshop, vendor displays, exhibits, demonstrations, Society business meetings and other related activities will be scheduled. The conference schedule will provide time for relaxed social and professional interaction.

The conference will bring together diverse perspectives on the application of system dynamics to important issues in the theory of complex dynamic systems and the practical use of these tools to address critical real-world challenges.

Thursday Workshop Description: The Athens conference will offer many workshop sessions for you to choose from. If you are planning to attend any of the workshops, you can find links to a tentative Preliminary Sessions and Workshops by Thread schedule as well as full workshop descriptions with titles, and presenters of each workshop in the program section of the conference web page. Some workshop presenters ask that you bring certain materials or do some reading in advance so please read the specific workshop information carefully.

Modeling Assistance Workshop (MAW): Jack Homer and Etiënne Rouwette will facilitate the Annual Modeling Assistance Workshop. Modeling assistance is available at the conference to enable modelers to discuss their specific modeling questions with modeling coaches. Modeling assistance opportunities include two public workshops, as well as the possibility of assistance at any time during the conference. Assistance is available for modelers with all levels of modeling ability, from beginner to advanced, with questions about a specific model that modelers are developing or studying, or to better understand something in a book, an article, or a software package. Modeling questions may deal with problem articulation, formulation of a dynamic hypothesis, formulation of a simulation model, model testing, or policy design and evaluation. Modelers should bring whatever materials they need to describe their question, including pencil and paper, books, posters, or laptop computers. Spectators are welcome to observe modeling assistance during the two public sessions.

Newcomer Orientation Session: If you are a first-time attendee, you may want to consider signing up for this program. First-timers and veteran attendees will be brought together based on their topics of interest. If interested, please contact James Melhuish at jamesmelhuis@gmail.com.

Conference Roommates: If you are looking for a roommate, please contact the Society office for coordination suggestions.

Please click this link to see the list of conference sponsors.

Registration and room reservation forms are available on the conference website.

The conference presentations are scheduled to start at 8:50 A.M., Monday, July 21. Pre-conference events scheduled for Sunday include the PhD Colloquium, the Policy Council meeting, the Special Convened Session: Health Policy Discussion, and the informal gathering.

Conference Venue

The Athenaeum InterContinental Hotel Athens is one of the most prominent hotels in Athens with a significant history of hosting conferences. The hotel boasts excellent views of the Acropolis and Mount Lycabetus. It is located within the financial district, and within minutes of Plaka (under the Acropolis) filled with restaurants, shops, museums and attractions. High-speed-wireless internet connection is available in the guest rooms, meeting rooms, public spaces and the business center.

For detailed information about the Athenaeum InterContinental Hotel Athens, visit its website.


 

Other

Volunteers: If you would like to volunteer as a conference photographer or session reporter, please contact the Society office or send an e-mail message to office@systemdynamics.org.

Karydopita: Sign up to learn how to prepare a traditional walnut cake dessert–attend a lesson by the hotel pastry chef. Time and date to be determined. If you or your guest would like to participate, please send an e-mail message to the Society office with names. This event is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, July 23 at 10:30 AM.

Congratulations to Anson Li, University of Auckland, New Zealand, who was the winner of the complimentary upgrade to a standard Junior Suite prize offered by the InterContinental Hotel. Anson’s name was selected at random from among those registered by May 30, 2008.

Nana Mouskouri Farewell Concert: As it turns out, we were unable to arrange this as a group event, so we are asking people who are interested to make their own arrangements. Please go to http://www.greekfestival.gr/show_event?id=147&lang=en to purchase tickets individually or form your own groups. Advance booking begins on July 2.

Monday breakfast time change: Please note, on the morning of Monday, July 21, breakfast will be served from 7:00 A.M. to 9:00 A.M. only (rather than until 10:00 A.M.) so that the hotel can set up the poster panels and prepare the Aphrodite Room for the Poster Symposium and Lunch Buffet. Please inform your guest(s).

 
Conference contacts:

Conference Co-chairs:
Emmanuel Adamides
University of Patras, Greece

Nicholas C. Georgantzas
Fordham University Business Schools, USA

Program Chair:
Brian C. Dangerfield
CORAS
Salford Business School
University of Salford, UK
E-mail: isdc08-sds@salford.ac.uk

Local Co-host Institutions:
University of Patras

Panteion University

The Hellenic Chapter of
the System Dynamics Society

Local Organizing Chairs:
George-Michael Klimis
Panteion University

George Papaioannou
Public Power Corporation of Greece

Workshop Chair:
Jack Homer
Homer Consulting
Voorhees, New Jersey USA
E-mail: jhomer@comcast.net

Conference Manager:
Roberta L. Spencer
System Dynamics Society
E-mail: conference@sstemdynamics.org
 
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2009 Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA July 26–30, 2009

 
Join us in “The Land of Enchantment” for a unique combination of architecture, scenery, culture and history.
Located at the foot of the Sandia Mountains in the Rio Grande Valley, Albuquerque is a bustling melting pot that retains the spirit of the Southwest. It is an attractive and affordable leisure destination with numerous museums, cultural and artistic centers, a zoo, a botanical garden, and an aquarium. The city is crisscrossed with bike paths, sprinkled with golf courses, and surrounded by Native American Pueblos and landmarks of ancient civilization.
The conference venue will be the Hotel Albuquerque, a short distance from the airport, nestled in Old Town, at the heart of the city’s historic center. The hotel offers spacious, state-of-the-art conference facilities, in a beautifully decorated and cozy environment. This is an ideal setting for all conference activities, including program sessions, networking and socializing.

For detailed information about the Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town, please visit: http://hhandr.com/albuquerque.php

Watch for further announcements and details as they develop: http://www.systemdynamics.org

 
Conference Contacts:
Conference Chair:
Leonard A. Malczynski
Sandia National Laboratories

Program Chairs:
Andrew Ford
Washington State University

David N. Ford
Texas A&M University

Edward G. Anderson
University of Texas

Workshop Chair:
Jack B. Homer
Homer Consulting

Host Organization:
Sandia National Laboratories

Co-host Organizations:
Idaho National Laboratory
Paul Scherrer Institut

 

 

 


Conference Manager:

Roberta L. Spencer
System Dynamics Society
conference@systemdynamics.org

Organizing Committee:
Aldo A. Zagonel, Chair
George A. Backus
Stephen H. Conrad
Sandia National Laboratories

Tracy Benson
Waters Foundation

Jacob J. Jacobson
Idaho National Laboratory

Ignacio J. Martínez-Moyano
Argonne National Laboratory

Dennis R. Powell
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Silvia A. Ulli-Beer
Paul Scherrer Institut
Call for Papers will be distributed at the Athens conference.
 

2010 Conference Site Selected


During the Winter Policy Council Meeting, a motion was passed that the 2010 International Conference of the System Dynamics Society should be held in Gyeongju, Korea. Details will be announced as they become available—stay tuned!
 
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Sponsor News

 

Complexio

Complexio is currently responsible for three research projects for which system dynamics is used.

“Dynacité” is a project funded by the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) under the French programme of research, experimentation and innovation in land transport (PREDIT). Periurbanization and urban sprawl are well-known phenomenons but are still increasing despite a growing concern for sustainable mobility. Some studies carried out with local public actors highlighted paradoxes coming from a likely incoherence between objectives followed by actors, and an apparent lack of cohesion between local and national public policies. In this research, periurbanization is analysed from a different—and maybe unusual—perspective, i.e. from interplays between actors situated at different geographical and institutional levels. A modelling and simulation of those interplays using system dynamics seems to be especially appropriate in order to understand those paradoxes. Results of the simulations could be used by public policies and local actors; indeed the model must be considered as a pedagogical tool and as a decision support tool that can help identify possible leverages for public policies. Final results will be delivered in July 2008.

“TEOL” (Logistics and Shipment Size) is a project funded by public institutes including the French National Institute for Transport and Safety Research (INRETS) and the French Ministry of Transport. Modeling is based on data coming from a large national survey carried out in 2004 on freight shipments. Final report and results will be delivered at the end of 2008.

“Carbone-Fret” (Carbon-Freight) is a project funded by the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) under the French programme of research, experimentation and innovation in land transport (PREDIT); it is carried out in collaboration with the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). At least two different tools are at the disposal of public policies in order to reduce freight transport pollutants—taxes and emissions trading. For this research project we assume that negotiable permits are to be considered as a new element to be taken in trade-offs that are involved in logistical decisions made by shippers. Taxes and emissions trading can play a very different role in logistical trade-offs, and consequently in the way pollutant emissions will evolve; negotiable permits could constitute a clearer economic signal to actors. Different scenarios will be explored using system dynamics and the expertise developed in carbon rationing by CNRS. Intermediate and final results will be delivered in 2009.

 

CRA International, Inc.

Greg Szwartz recently joined CRA as a Principal in the Enterprise Risk Management practice. He brings over 10 years of experience using dynamic models to assess risk in a variety of business sectors and markets. Before joining CRA, Mr. Szwartz developed a system dynamics-based suite of business planning models for pharmaceutical clients. He also has experience using system dynamics for IT investment planning, insurance marketing strategy and compliance system dynamics.
 
Philip Helmes, Vice President, and Margaret Fulenwider, Associate Principal, continue to develop a commercially viable project planning and control tool based on system dynamics for the construction industry. The United States Patent and Trademark Office recently granted a patent application called “Dynamic Planning Method and System” based in part on system dynamics to inventors Feniosky Pena-Mora, Moonseo Park, SangHyun Lee, Michael Li, and Margaret Fulenwider. A second patent application called “Reliability Buffering Technique Applied to A Project Planning Model” is patent pending.

 

Global Strategy Dynamics

Most of our activity for the last few months has been based around Kim Warren’s new textbook, Strategic Management Dynamics, from Wiley. For more information see http://www.wiley.com/go/smd and www.strategydynamics.com/smd. Although aimed at core MBA strategy courses, the book is fundamentally based on solid system dynamics principles. 

The book focuses on the continuous and holistic strategic management of organizations over time; how to drive earnings growth in business cases, or pursue other aims in public services and not-for-profit organizations. It starts by laying out how the tangible resources of a business (‘stocks’ in system dynamics language) work together quantitatively to deliver performance from period to period, developing and exploiting market opportunities as they do so. The book goes on to show how competitive rivalry plays out over time, and how these dynamics interact with changing market conditions. It also deals with intangible factors like morale and reputation (more stocks!), and the policies management sets to drive performance improvements.

Global Strategy Dynamics is pleased to be launching further activities and courses supporting the book, starting with a program of low-cost teacher courses which started in May, and reaching out to a general strategy audience. Further events are planned. There are support materials for the book at www.strategydynamics.com/smdresources, and there is an open discussion forum, covering both educational and practical applications at www.strategydynamics.com/forum.

We continue to develop and support our catalogue of Microworlds and also undertook a major client project in the year based around the Solar-Cell industry which will form the basis of a future Microworld.

For more information on any of the above please contact Christina Spencer, Christina@strategydynamics.com

Christina Spencer    |    Global Strategy Dynamics Ltd
T:  + 44 1844 275518    |    W: www.strategydynamics.com
** New textbook: Strategic Management Dynamics www.strategydynamics.com/smd

 

Health Market Science (HMS)
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In April, 2008, Health Market Science Advanced Analytics announced the launch of Prism™, which provides ten distinct service offerings to the healthcare industry unattainable through conventional analysis, delivered by a state-of-the-art simulation platform. The bases for these service offerings are system dynamics and agent-based simulations.

Working closely with healthcare clients, Prism simulates complex therapeutic area scenarios and tests myriad assumptions to answer critical business questions across corporate, brand, and sales functions. HMS’s team of modelers, pharmaceutical business experts, and analysts has worked for years to develop models of the complex systems in the healthcare industry and to deliver solutions for the increasingly demanding global healthcare marketplace.

“Business leaders within the healthcare industry are becoming increasingly receptive to the inherent value gleaned from Prism,” commented Dan Fracas, Vice-President for HMS’s Advanced Analytics business line. “Prism provides our clients a fully-integrated, comprehensive advanced analytics approach, delivering enhanced clarity of strategic and tactical insights and recommendations across corporate, brand and sales business functions unattainable through traditional methodologies.”

Traditional analytic approaches rely heavily on past behavior and, consequently, do not fully account for the complex emerging dynamics of a market. They are also typically reliant on a full set of secondary data that does not exist in all markets. By leveraging the power of system modeling approaches, Prism is able to deliver key business answers at the international, national, regional and/or practitioner levels through any of its ten offerings. Strategic Market Assessment and Portfolio Promotion Optimization focus at the corporate level. New Product Strategy & Management, In-Line Brand Management, Promotion Mix Optimization, Managed Markets Targeting & Contracting, Patient Flow and Patient-Based Forecasting contribute most strongly to success at the brand level. Sales Force Strategy and Geocentric Promotion Allocation deliver results for various sales functions.

HMS’s Advanced Analytics team welcomes inquiries from System Dynamics Society members who are interested in learning more about our service offerings and our modeling approaches. You can visit our website (http://www.healthmarketscience.com) for up-to-date coverage about Prism and the other components of Health Market Science. If you are interested in opportunities to apply your modeling capabilities as a member of our team, please contact Jim Badasarian (jbadasarian@healthmarketscience.com).

 
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Homer Consulting

Jack continues to consult with both private and public sector clients, and to write published research papers and do public speaking. In 2008, he has continued his relationship (since 1996) with Harley-Davidson by developing a new model to help them address recent weakness in US demand for motorcycles. He has also been working with a variety of agencies in the US and overseas on problems related to public health. He has continued his relationship (since 2001) with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where his recent projects address diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and overall health system reform. He has also worked with state and county health departments in Colorado and Minnesota on local applications of the diabetes and cardiovascular disease work. He is also working with an international health agency to model the mix of clinical and community services for HIV/AIDS therapy patients in Zambia. An exploratory project with the US Food and Drug Administration is addressing food labeling regulations and how they affect the availability, pricing, and marketing of “healthy” food products.  He has also recently visited New Zealand to support work by Synergia Ltd. (Auckland) on a variety of issues and projects with the Ministry of Health and district health boards, including models of cardiovascular disease management, long term care, and health board finances.

Publications in 2007 and 2008 have appeared in Preventing Chronic Disease, System Dynamics Review, and the Encyclopedia of Complexity and System Science. Recent speaking engagements have been for the National Institutes of Health, the University of Michigan, Auckland University’s School of Population Health, and the University of New South Wales (Sydney). Jack also contributes to the Society’s annual International Conference as co-chair of the Health Thread, co-director of the Modeling Assistance Workshop, organizer of the Thursday Workshops, and member of the Jay W. Forrester Award and Lupina Award committees.

 

isee systems

isee systems (formerly High Performance Systems) is the world leader in systems thinking software. Founded in 1985, isee developed STELLA®, the first software to bring systems thinking to the desktop. In addition to STELLA which is used primarily by educators and researchers, isee offers iThink® for business simulation.

Introduced in 2008, isee NetSim offers the next generation in web-based model sharing. An add-on utility for STELLA and iThink version 9.1, isee NetSim uses a simple three-click wizard process to publish and share simulations over the web.

More than a software company, isee systems has become a systems thinking resource, providing workshops, on-line training, printed books, teaching materials, and links to additional resources. In collaboration with our consulting partners, isee continues to develop and expand programs that quickly build understanding of systems thinking concepts and practical skills in the application of dynamic modeling. 

Thousands of individuals and organizations in over 80 countries use isee’s modeling and simulation software to gain insight and shared understanding of environmental, financial, organizational, biological, chemical, mathematical, humanistic, and other systems.

To learn more, visit www.iseesystems.com or call (603) 448-4990.

 

Lamans s.a.

Lamans s.a. has provided management services since 1980. The company’s skilled personnel consists of 28 consultants who, in collaboration with a wide network of organizations and external associates, provide services for strategic and business planning, carry out field studies and investment plans, coordinate national and international projects, and offer consulting services for the development and implementation of quality systems as well as high technology solutions. Lamans’ clientele consists of private companies, European and international organizations, academic and research institutions, and public and regional organizations. Lamans s.a. is certified according to the EN ISO 9001:2000 Standard.
 

Fields of Action

International Projects: Technical Assistance in ACP/OCT Countries, Coordination, Management and Evaluation of R&D Projects

Private Sector: Financial Management, Business and Strategic Management Planning, Marketing & Human Resources Management Services

High Technology: Strategic and Business Planning Services for the Integration of High Technology Solutions, Training, e-Health Services

Rural Development: Developmental Studies, Rural Development Programmes, Identification of Investment Opportunities for Rural Development

Quality Systems: Development and implementation of ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 22000, Training and Consultation for Quality, Food Safety & Hygiene, Legal issues

 

Indicative Projects / Clients

SFP ACP/OCT: A transnational 5-years programme for the Strengthening of Health Conditions for Fishery Products in 68 African, Caribbean, Pacific and Overseas Countries and Territories

EuropeAid/IOC: Technical Assistance team for the Regional Programme for the Sustainable Management of the Coastal Zones of the Countries of the Indian Ocean Location

Public Sector Services: Lamans provides services to Ministries, Public Organizations & Companies and Academic Institutions

Selonda Aquaculture SA: Development, installation and maintenance of Total Quality Management System. The project includes the development of standards ISO 9001, ISO 22000, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 & EMAS Programme Support Unit of the South Sinai Regional Development Programme (SSRDP), Egypt: Implementation of the Project “Bedouin Village” & partner of the Saint Catherine Monastery in Restoration and Protection of Monuments and Environment at Saint Catherine’s Monastery and the Summit of Jebel Musa



56, 3rd Septemvriou st., GR 104 33, Athens, Greece
Tel.: (+30) 210 88 47 900 ยท Fax : (+30) 210 82 14 150
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Lane Press of Albany

Lane Press of Albany is a commercial offset printer selected by many organizations to design and print quality work. It has a full range of services and equipment available to produce 1/color to 5/color work. Above and beyond full prepress, printing and bindery capabilities, it also specializes in design services and diecutting. It has over 250 dies available for many pocket folder and diecutting designs. Feel free to contact Sylvia Daigle at (518) 438-7834 for more information, or visit the website at www.lanepressofalbany.com.

 

PA Consulting Group
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PA is an independent, employee-owned, global firm of 3,000 talented individuals, operating from offices across the world, in Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa and Asia. We have won numerous awards for delivering complex and highly innovative assignments and we run one of the most successful venture programs in our industry. We have technology development capability that few firms can match, deep expertise across key industries and government, and a unique breadth of skills in strategy, IT, HR and applied technology.

PA and System Dynamics   PA has a strong track record of performing ground-breaking system dynamics work with over four decades of experience dating back to 1963 (via our acquisition of Pugh-Roberts Associates). At PA we use system dynamics as part of an overall strategy analysis process and focus on finding practical, executable solutions to help our clients work through difficult challenges. We use system dynamics in a wide range of ways, from developing strategic causal maps used to create a shared vision amongst a senior team to building detailed, large models that are closely calibrated to data and used to guide major corporate and government decisions.

PA – a force for transformation   At PA we focus on transforming the performance of organizations by pulling together teams from many disciplines and backgrounds to tackle the most complex problems facing our clients. Our clients call on PA when they want us to deliver strategic change, such as:

  1. an innovative solution – counter-intuitive thinking and groundbreaking solutions
  2. a highly responsive approach – we listen and then we act decisively and quickly with a tailored solution
  3. delivery of tangible and sustainable results – we get the job done, often trouble-shooting where previous initiatives have failed.

Our System Dynamics work is growing   We are interested in talking with sharp, well-rounded, analytical people who are committed to making a difference by solving complex problems in close cooperation with clients and colleagues. While we are hiring for a range of capability across PA, we have a special interest in candidates with strong expertise in system dynamics who are eligible to obtain US security clearance for our  Boston and Washington offices. If you want to be part of our growing team please contact Tamara Greenlaw at tamara.greenlaw@paconsulting.com or (617) 225-2700. 

More information about PA can be found at www.paconsulting.com.

 
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Pegasus Communications, Inc.

Opportunity at Pegasus Communications, Inc.   Pegasus Communications (Waltham, MA), a leading conference and publishing company in the fields of systems thinking and organizational learning, is seeking a president to take the company to its next stage of development. Current president Ginny Wiley will be stepping out of the position in late 2008; after more than a decade of providing inspired leadership, she seeks flexibility and more personal time. The new president will join a strong, experienced staff of 9 employees in building on the successes of the recent past—including the company’s most successful annual conference in a decade—while seeking new markets and business opportunities. Ginny will overlap with the new hire as needed to ensure a smooth transition and will continue to serve in an advisory role in any way that meets her and Pegasus’s needs.

The President’s Role in Pegasus’s Future   Pegasus’s three business units—conference, newsletter, and publications—complement each other, and each is vital to the company’s success. With a small staff, producing a top-notch conference while investing time and resources in the other areas requires a great deal of planning and priority setting. In addition, overseeing the company’s cash flow and budget necessitates skillful financial management.

Pegasus’s commitment to producing high-quality products and services while carefully managing its resources requires a competency in negotiating mutually beneficial arrangements with authors, speakers, vendors, and partnering organizations. Likewise, retaining a skilled, self-directed, and experienced staff, along with fostering a collaborative corporate culture, has been a priority. Finally, staying on the leading edge of content, delivery, and marketing with a limited ability to invest involves creativity and foresight.

For almost 20 years, Pegasus has persevered in an increasingly competitive business environment, through major developments in technology, and in the face of both internal and external changes. Much of the success has stemmed from staying true to the mission of bringing the work of systems thinking and organizational learning to ever-broader audiences. Looking to the future, we see numerous possibilities for expanding into new markets, product areas, and modes of delivery.

Application Process   If you would like to be considered for this position, please go to http://www.pegasuscom.com/president.html and follow the instructions for submitting your application. No phone calls, please.

 

Powersim Solutions, Inc.

Powersim Solutions provides simulation-based solutions using its proprietary platforms, ExPlan™ and ExTrain™. ExPlan™ offers a risk-free simulation environment for scenario-based planning, analysis and execution of strategy. It allows managers to set corporate goals, factor in external pressures through alternative scenarios, and experiment with competing strategies for allocating resources within the organization.

ExTrain™ is for communication and training of the strategic planning process. It is an engaging tool, which serves as a virtual practice field for managers to exercise decision-making power under various conditions in a risk-free environment. The ExTrain™ application may be used in several settings, including competitive (multi-user war-gaming), collaborative (group of users), or non-competitive (single user).

Over the last year, Powersim Solutions has focused on adding analytical capabilities to both ExPlan™ and ExTrain™. The next version of these software applications will allow users to do optimization, risk assessment and risk management from the ExPlan™ environment.

We continue to look for interested partners for licensing the ExTrain™ and ExPlan™ application platforms for delivering their simulation models.

For more information about partnering and licensing ExTrain™ and ExPlan™, please contact us at:

Powersim Solutions
585 Grove Street, Suite 130
Herndon, VA 20170  
USA

Phone: +1 703 467 0910
E-mail: solutions@powersimsolutions.com  
Web: www.powersimsolutions.com

 

Project Performance International (PPI)

Project Performance International (PPI) is a leading-edge training and consultancy company, offering training on six continents in systems engineering, software engineering, requirements analysis and specification writing, OCDs/CONOPS in capability development and many other project- based disciplines. PPI’s client list includes many international companies, as well as numerous Fortune 500 corporations such as Boeing, General Dynamics and Raytheon.

PPI is an advocate of the use of system dynamics as a valuable logical modeling tool, both in problem domain analysis and in solution development. This emphasis on logical modeling is reflected in our leading edge training, delivered worldwide on systems engineering. June saw PPI sell out courses in both Sydney and Johannesburg, a sign of growing need in industry for high quality training in this area.

PPI will be an exhibitor at the Symposium of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), to be held in Utrecht, the Netherlands, over 15–19 June 2008. PPI Managing Director and Course Presenter Robert Halligan, FIE Australia, will be present for meetings. Robert and Ms Maika Machado, General Director of PPI’s Brazil Liaison Office, have recently accepted appointments as worldwide Ambassadors for INCOSE. Both Robert and Maika are advocates of further collaboration between the System Dynamic Society and INCOSE.
Members of the System Dynamics Society are invited to seek a free subscription to PPI’s Systems Engineering Goldmine, an on-line database of over 1GB of project-related management and technical resources.

Project Performance International’s public courses have been very well supported. As a result, we have introduced three new courses into our 2008 public program:

• OCD & CONOPS in Capability Development (5 days)
• Advanced Tender Evaluation (4 days)
• Software Engineering (5 days)

Brochures and contact details regarding PPI’s public courses, including systems engineering, requirements analysis and specification writing will be available at the 26th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, 20–24 July, via delegate satchels.

For more information on PPI’s training and consultancy
please visit www.ppi-int.com, or
call our headquarters on +61 3 9876 7345.

 

Public Power Corporation S.A. (PPC S.A.)

Public Power Corporation was founded in 1950 with a view to formulating and implementing a national energy policy, which achieved electrification of Greece through the intensive exploitation of domestic resources.

As of 1.1.2001 it has been operating as a société anonyme, and it has been listed in the Athens and London Stock Exchanges since 12.12.2001.

Today PPC is operating in a liberalized market environment and is a fully vertically integrated company, covering the whole spectrum of activities in the electrical power field. With €5.15 B turnover and total assets amounting to €13.4 B, PPC holds a leading position not only in the Greek market—one of the most rapidly growing European markets—but also in the wider market of Southeast Europe.

It owns about 93% of the installed power capacity in Greece (12,760 MW ) generated from lignite, hydroelectric and oil stations, natural gas stations, as well as wind and solar energy parks. Approximately 58% of the total electricity is generated from lignite, turning PPC into the 2nd largest lignite-generated electricity producer in the E.U. It owns the national power transmission system of 11,760 km, as well as the power distribution network of 213,000 km and is the only power distribution company delivering electricity to 7.4 million customers over a network of 277 customer offices.

Operating across boundaries with a special emphasis on the energy markets of Southeastern Europe and the Mediterranean, PPC aims at the creation of a significant energy portfolio. This goal is achieved through SENCAP S.A., an energy joint venture recently established by PPC S.A. and Contour Global LLC, so that PPC can play a flexible and competitive role in mergers and acquisitions.

By fully mobilizing its capacities, PPC S.A. proves to be a pioneer and state-of-the-art power corporation with social responsibility and environmental awareness, which creates new values for its personnel and shareholders.

Visit PPC on line at: www.dei.gr

 

The Research Committee of the University of Patras

The Research Committee of the University of Patras, Athens, Greece, is a semi-autonomous body consisting of representatives of all the Departments of the University that are elected over athree-year period. The head of the research committee is the Vice Rector of Strategic Research Planning and Development Dr. Vassilios L. Anastasopoulos. The Research Committee consists of 9 members.

The most significant duties of the Research Committee are:

  • The elaboration of Proposals for the Senate concerning the research policy of the University of Patras
  • Approval, acceptance and disposal of funds for the materialization of research projects
  • Establishment of the Scientific and Economic Annual Budget of the Special Research Account
  • Composition of the Funding Guide of the Special Research Account
  • Searching for funding and notifying the scientific community of the University of Patras regarding scientific projects
  • Provision of scholarships

 

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Rockefeller College, State University of New York, University at Albany

Rockefeller College at the University at Albany continues its teaching program by offering three graduate courses in system dynamics to our Masters and PhD students as well as one undergraduate course. This past year, David Andersen and George Richardson have been working on group model building projects with the United States Department of Homeland Security. Rod MacDonald and the Initiative for System Dynamics in the Public Sector has ongoing research projects with the National Institute of Justice and the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. Furthermore, a PhD has been placed with the New York State Office of Mental Health in order to develop a system dynamics models to examine workload issues for service providers.

 

 

School of Natural & Rural Systems Management
New Systems Based Programs at the University of Queensland

 

The University of Queensland (UQ) is one the largest and most prestigious of Australia’s Universities. It ranked 33 in the 2007 Financial Times survey of world universities. It is located in Brisbane, the fastest growing city in Australia and the capital of Queensland—the “Smart Sunshine State”.

The University of Queensland is strongly committed to systems thinking research and education as a key discipline for moving towards sustainable futures. Currently various UQ faculties and schools are building bridges between their core business and environmental sciences and management, under the global drive towards ‘sustainability’. Thus health, business, architecture, agriculture and the social sciences recognise and seek to contribute to a more sustainable social and earth system.

The School of Natural & Rural Systems Management (NRSM) is a unique multidisciplinary School where its core business is in systems approaches for integrating the environment with business, social and economics dimensions.

 

 

The School has made a significant investment in its systems thinking and technology platforms to reach and stay in a leadership position with respect to systems approaches. To this end the School has recently established and appointed a Chair in Systems Thinking & Practice. The School sees a systemic cross-disciplinary approach as the only way to deal with complex management problems to help build a sustainable future. The School has special expertise in integrated PhD research in natural, social, and business systems. Examples of current research include systems approaches for sustainability (learning lab for sustainability) for the UNESCO biosphere project in Viet Nam, incorporating three key stakeholders: the environment, the community and the tourism industry.

The School also offers a popular Master in Rural Systems Management which focuses on developing countries. In addition to a wide range of courses (graduate and undergraduate) in systems thinking and system dynamics, the School is developing a new systems based cross-disciplinary Master in Sustainable Systems integrating natural, social, physical and business dimensions. The core courses of this program include “systems thinking for sustainability” and “the principles of sustainability”. The degree is designed to cater to the emerging and fast growing professions in integrating sustainability fields: business and economics, design and engineering, and policy and governance.

NRSM will be the host of the International Society for the System Sciences (ISSS) conference, 13–17 July 2009. For more information about the School of NRSM visit: www.nrsm.uq.edu.au or www.uq.edu.au or e-mail: Professor Ockie Bosch, Head School of NRSM, HOS.nrsm@uq.edu.au.

 

Vanguard Strategy

Vanguard is a consulting firm specializing in marketing and brand strategy. We are pioneering new approaches to developing and implementing robust scenario-driven growth strategies for our clients. Our ‘Competing for Choice’ methodology builds on three core competence areas: Strategic Brand Management, Market Intelligence Analytics, and System Dynamics-based scenario modeling and simulation. We have an excellent track record with global Fortune 100 companies across several sectors and industries. Over the last year we have been able to further expand the scope of our services and our operations. We have continued to successfully apply our approach and methodology to multiple industries including pharmaceuticals, automotive and notably FMCG. Following a significant increase in the size of our team, we have settled into our new head office located in the trendy Soho Square of London and we are in the process of setting up another office in the US this summer. As a result of this, we continue to look for accomplished system dynamics professionals with an interest in applying system dynamics concepts to addressing some of the most challenging strategy questions for leading brands around the globe.

Vanguard Strategy
33 Soho Square
London W1D 3QU, UK
Ph: 44 20 7478 3380
Fax: 44 20 7478 3399
www.vanguardstrategy.com

Recruitment or general enquiries to: rdines@vanguardstrategy.com

 

Ventana Systems, Inc.

Ventana Systems, Inc. is pleased to continue as a sponsor of the System Dynamics Society and the annual conference. We will be exhibiting at this summer’s conference in Athens and look forward to seeing all who can make it. Version 5.8 of Vensim will be released shortly, with a variety of enhancements and performance improvements. For more information please visit our website http://www.vensim.com

 
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Ventana Systems UK

Ventana Systems UK continues to provide Vensim® software, training and consultancy to the UK and Europe. We have been conducting a range of modelling engagements from multispecies fisheries models in the North Sea to pharmaceutical product manufacturing and market placement. We have also recently completed the InCoCo research project, a groundbreaking project that will enable companies to deliver integrated service solutions to industry.

As part of the InCoCo research project we have developed the InCoCo-S Business Game. This dynamic model of production related service networks is based on a synthesis of existing theoretical knowledge and the practical experiences of the InCoCo-S consortium. The developed simulation model has been validated using different approaches of testing the underlying simulation structure, validating the pattern of results in a dynamic environment and by investigating the robustness of the emerging model.

Based on the simulation model, an educational “gaming tool” for facilitating integrated learning of coordination concepts, collaboration and performance measures in a real world scenario has been developed. This tool helps a novice / professional to get useful insights into the interactions and interdependencies amongst diverse partners and the sensitivity that drives the chain. This web based tool will further support the project in disseminating results to a wider society.

To access the business game, click here to play it now.
Lee, Tony and Andy

For more information please visit our website www.ventanasystems.co.uk

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The Whole Systems Partnership

The Whole Systems Partnership (WSP) has recently undertaken several projects for clients in the UK health and social care sector. These have included a strategic review of performance for a large County Council in England which has helped them to understand the relationship between support in the community for older people to maintain their independence and the rate of admissions to long term nursing or residential home care. Other recent projects have focussed on intermediate care and services for older people with mental health needs.

WSP have also facilitated a learning partnership between themselves, a long standing client and Brunel University as part of a major multi-centred feasibility study into the application of modelling approaches to healthcare in the UK.

 
Registered Office
The Whole Systems Partnership
The Old Crown, Farnham, North Yorkshire.  HG5 9JD

Telephone: 01423 340585
Mobile: 07834 209461
www.thewholesystem.co.uk

 

Wiley-Blackwell

Wiley-Blackwell is very proud to publish System Dynamics Review on behalf of the System Dynamics Society. Created in 2007 by merging Blackwell Publishing with John Wiley’s global Scientific, Technical, and Medical business, Wiley-Blackwell is one of the world’s foremost academic and professional publishers and is the largest society publisher. With more than 1,250 scholarly peer-reviewed journals and an extensive collection of books with global appeal, we now provide more access to more content than ever before.

Visit the Wiley-Blackwell stand at the 26th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society to view our publications, request inspection copies and sample journal copies, claim 20% conference discount and sign up for FREE table of contents alerts.

For more information about our Business and Management books and journals publishing programme, please visit: www.blackwellpublishing.com/businessmanagement and www.wiley.com.  

 

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

As the field of system dynamics continues to grow, so does the number of students enrolled in courses in WPI’s Online System Dynamics Programs. Graduate courses start in September, January and May. The completely on-line curriculum allows students around the world to enroll in individual courses, a graduate certificate, or a Master of Science program. Current students live globally including Australia, Brazil, Spain, Indonesia, Canada, Uruguay, India, and the U.S. 

Oleg Pavlov, who is active in the Economics and Russian Chapters of the System Dynamics Society, was awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor of Economics and System Dynamics at WPI. Oleg’s research focuses on the dynamics of economics and policy.

WPI congratulates Professor of Practice Jim Lyneis on his service as President of the International System Dynamics Society for 2008.

Strategy Dynamics is always a sought-after course in the program, and with a recent update, it is expected to be even more challenging and popular. The instructor for Strategy Dynamics is Kim Warren and his new text Strategic Management Dynamics is the backbone for this course. Students in recent classes have undertaken quite diverse projects as business development strategy for a professional football club, start-up strategy for a vegan food brand, capacity expansion at an aircraft maker, and how DVD-rental business Netflix should deal with the threat from on-line availability of movies. Commercial projects using the approach have included turning round a struggling law-firm, entry to the US market for a European-made consumer medical device, and competitive strategy for a bank’s business-sector division.

Environmental pollution is of worldwide concern. Andrew Ford, who teaches the WPI Environmental Dynamics course, recently published an article in ENERGY POLICY, Vol. 36, 2008 titled “Simulation Scenarios for Rapid Reduction in Carbon Dioxide Emissions in the Western Electricity System.” His simulations indicate that dramatic reductions in emissions are possible with generating technologies that exist today. Contact WPI’s Distance Learning Office at online@wpi.edu or the System Dynamics Department at ssps@wpi.edu to get more information on the program. 

 

XJ Technologies

XJ Technologies—worldwide leader in the simulation modeling software market—continues to provide its clients with the highest quality simulation modeling software and business consulting. Our product AnyLogic is an innovative simulation modeling tool that combines system dynamics, discrete event and agent based modeling methods. AnyLogic is the choice of thousands of users worldwide, hundreds of commercial and governmental organizations and hundreds of universities, and our user community is rapidly growing. Today XJ Technologies is a team of 30 professionals with headquarters in St. Petersburg, Russia, two branches (AnyLogic Europe and AnyLogic North America) and a worldwide network of distributors.

This spring we were very proud and happy to release the new edition of AnyLogic–AnyLogic Professional. It’s the ultimate solution for development of large and complex simulation models and sophisticated animations, embedding models into various IT environments, creating and using custom libraries for specific application areas. This edition offers many powerful features:

  • Export models as standalone Java applications
  • Custom library development and library import
  • Professional model debugging
  • Teamwork and concurrent version system (CVS) integration
  • Easy integration with databases, spreadsheets and text files
  • CAD drawing import
  • Extended set of interactive UI elements
  • OptQuest optimizer is included as a basic feature
  • Rich experiment framework
  • Saving, restoring and exporting the simulation output
  • Geographic Information System (GIS) integration
  • Pedestrian library
  • Saving and restoring model snapshot

Besides product development, our company has been kept very busy participating in various conferences, running public and custom AnyLogic training all over the world, providing professional consulting services.

 

As a constant sponsor and attendee of the System Dynamics Conference we’re looking forward to meeting you all and will be very pleased to tell you more about our product!

To learn more, visit www.xjtek.com

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Additional Sponsors of System Dynamics Society and/or the Athens Conference

Amber Blocks Ltd.
Atrivé
Bolide Pty. Ltd.
Booz Allen Hamilton
BP
Centre for OR and Applied Statistics, Salford Business School, University of Salford
Decisio Consulting Inc.
Decision Dynamics, Inc.
Delft University of Technology
e-integrate
Evans & Peck Pty Ltd
Forio Business Simulations
Forrester Consulting
Jay W. Forrester
General Motors

Hellenic Chapter of the System Dynamics Society
International Society for the Systems Sciences
Jantz Morgan LLC
Ledet Enterprises, Inc.
LISTO bvba
Mohaseboon - Financial and Business Consultancies
Murphy-Hall & Company, CPA’s
Northwater Capital Management, Inc.
Panteion University of Political and Social Sciences
PAR-Group, Nijmegen School of Management, Radboud University Nijmegen
Plug Power, Inc.
Proverbs Corporation
SoL, Society for Organizational Learning
Swiss Reinsurance Company
System Dynamics Group, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
System Dynamics Group, University of Bergen
Tecnológico de Monterrey
University of Patras

 
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