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During the meeting, several issues were raised that, if resolved, would increase the Italian contribution in the System Dynamics Society. For example, improved relationships among the System Dynamics Society members of the Italian universities could increase recognition of the Italian community in the Society. Moreover, a number of bureaucratic issues have appeared when arranging and developing system dynamics courses due to a difficult and lengthy start-up process. Finally, the difficulty in gaining recognition of system dynamics topics as ordinary subjects in the Italian universities was discussed. Stefano Armenia has been tackling these issues through on-going communication with several Italian organizations, universities, and members of the Society.

The meeting ended with short-term planning involving the Italian chapter’s participation in several important events for the system dynamics community, particularly the EURAM annual Conference 2010, which will be held at the second University of Rome “Tor Vergata” (www.euram2010.org) during May 2010, and which will host two tracks dealing with system dynamics and dynamic modelling. The European Academy of Management (EURAM) Conference agenda will include the discussion of several management theories and practices and will open a debate on the merits of prevalent managerial and financial models. For this reason, system dynamics theory will play an important role in several tracks characterizing conference topics. The Italian chapter has created a strong link between the System Dynamics Society and the EURAM Conference through mediation among members of both organizations.

In summary, the Italian chapter has a fundamental role in the system dynamics community through member involvement in spreading system dynamics theory through industry, consultancy, and academia. The Society recognizes these efforts and will support the Italian community in order to reinforce this winning relationship. “Bravi ragazzi, well done.”

By Roberto Poles

For further information:

Stefano Armenia
University of Rome “Sapienza”, CATTID - Center for Applied IT Technologies and Distance Learning Methodologies

Vincenzo Di Giulio
Eni Corporate University, Scuola Enrico Mattei

Stefania Migliavacca
Eni Corporate University, Scuola Enrico Mattei

Enrico Milani
MAS Consulting

Roberto Poles
RMIT University and Melbourne University