Executive Program for Humanitarian Professionals Taught Around the World by Society Members (June 14, 2013)

In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: Paulo Gonçalves taught the ‘Beer Game’ as part of a three day introductory workshop on supply chain modeling using system dynamics. The goal of the workshop is to teach teachers and lecturers in the Department of Logistics at Adama University. The workshop was offered to participants through a collaboration of the Master in Humanitarian Logistics and Management (MASHLM) at the University of Lugano and the Kuehne foundation. Future plans include another three day advanced workshop to the same group. MASHLM is a project-based part-time executive program for humanitarian professionals.

In Amman, Jordan: Laura Black and Don Greer taught Strategic Planning and Scenario Planning courses for participants of the Master in Humanitarian Operations and Supply Chain Management (MASHOM) in Amman, Jordan. MASHOM is a project-based part-time executive program for humanitarian professionals taught in the field. The first cohort of students are taught in Jordan and include senior managers from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) from missions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kenya, Egypt, Syria and Jordan. Quote from Laura “This was an amazing week—the students were eager to learn everything they could and tremendously dedicated to their work for the International Organization for Migration. It was a privilege to be in the role of ‘teacher’ to them.”

George Richardson Received the Rockefeller College Distinguished Service Award (June 13, 2013)

Dr. George P. Richardson, Professor of Public Administration and Policy in the University at Albany’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, was recently recognized with the College’s Distinguished Service Award. This Award recognizes George’s contributions over more than 25 years of affiliation with the Department in both scholarship and service. While George is well known to the field of system dynamics through his founding and editing of the System Dynamics Review, leadership in the System Dynamics Society, and contribution to the annual conferences, he was also an important leader in his home Department as well. He served as chair of all three degree programs in the Department, contributed to numerous tenure and promotion committees, and was chair of the Department for more than 10 years. A gifted instructor, George continued to teach regularly and mentor the next generation of system scholars. The faculty and staff of the College extend their congratulations and thanks to Dr. Richardson for his manifold contributions over the last quarter century.

Justin Lyon & Howard Park Invited to Cisco Executive Symposium (June 11, 2013)

Howard Park

Justin Lyon
Congratulations to Society member Justin Lyon and Howard Park of Simudyne for being invited to speak at the upcoming Cisco Executive Symposium, and for raising the profile of system dynamics. Justin took the advanced study program in System Dynamics at MIT - now offered by Worcester Polytechnic Institute, http://cpe.wpi.edu/online/sys-dyn.html - and has since been enthusiastically promoting the adoption of simulation science to support policy and decision making in many fields. See www.simudyne.com.

The U.S. STEM Undergraduate Model (June 11, 2013)

It is great to see an important and public report entirely based on insights from system dynamics modeling - Applying System Dynamics to Help Meet President Obama’s Goals for One Million STEM Graduates and the U.S. Navy’s Civilian STEM Workforce Needs - published by the Business Higher Education Forum. ("STEM" = science, technology, engineering, maths). This report shows how insights gained from system dynamics modeling can help inform the Navy’s strategy to grow a robust civilian workforce that is strongly invested with Navy-relevant STEM skills and ready to contribute to the next generation of Naval innovation.

Florian Kapmeier has been appointed to Professor of Strategy and International Project Management at the ESB European School of Business at Reutlingen University in South Germany. Florian applies System Dynamics mainly to challenges in corporate strategy. Further research includes teaching systems thinking skills among other topics. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Stuttgart, has worked for PA Consulting Group in Germany and was a Professor at Heilbronn University for two-and-a-half-years. Florian has been an active member of the International System Dynamics Society and the German System Dynamics Chapter. At the ESB Florian will be teaching System Dynamics in the Business Management programs on the undergraduate and graduate levels. (June 7, 2013)

New Business Special Interest Group (June 6, 2013)

A proposal to form a renewed Business Special Interest Group has been approved by the Policy Council. The proposal is backed by a keen core of business-based members. The purpose of the Business SIG of the System Dynamics Society is to promote and support the wider adoption of System Dynamics methodology and best practices in businesses, and provide communication channels for recognizing the achievements of System Dynamics practitioners across all business sectors. Membership in the Business SIG is open to all members of the System Dynamics Society as well as non-members who are System Dynamics practitioners and SIG supporters in the business, academic, and government sectors. The new Business SIG will hold its first meeting on Wednesday July 24, the Practitioners' Day at the Cambridge conference. For more information please contact Fred Kautz at fkautz@brg-expert.com.

MIT – UAlbany - WPI System Dynamics Colloquium (May 31, 2013)

The 26th MIT–UAlbany–WPI System Dynamics Colloquium was held on Friday, May 31, 2013 at MIT.

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 the 26th Colloquium page.

New Bibliographic Updates Webpage (May 15, 2013)

Early this year we announced a new page that lists Bibliography updates and recent publications related to System Dynamics. Since the end of January, nineteen peer-reviewed articles, published in seventeen journals, have been submitted. You may also access links to the System Dynamics Review current issue and early view from the update page to see all articles included in this update. The published-elsewhere references are listed in order of receipt and will remain listed until the next Bibliography update. We are confident there are more articles; we would like to hear about them and publicize your work. Send references for recent articles or articles of any age to office@systemdynamics.org to be included on the list and in our Bibliography.

An updated version of the Bibliography, with over 10,000 references, is now available. Please visit the System Dynamics Bibliography page.

Fourth-year Anniversary of the First SD Class at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (May 6, 2013)

To celebrate the fourth-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 to a wider audience comprising members of Singapore’s academic and public policy communities. 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..

Call for Papers Announcement (Apr 25, 2013)

The Journal of Operations Management (JOM) will publish a special issue: System Dynamics: Emergence, Reinforcement, Adaptation and Traps. Special issue editors include members John Sterman and Rogelio Oliva. JOM has a very broad definition of “Operations Management” (logistics, capacity planning, resource allocations, behavioral decision making, process improvement, services, etc.) so modeling or experimental work submissions are encouraged. Information about the JOM’s aims and scope and guidelines for authors are available at online.

Student Team at University of Bergen Wins Award (April 1, 2013)

Retrieved from http://www.utdanningibergen.no

A University of Bergen student team developed a system dynamics model to win this year’s Case Competition in Bergen, Norway. The team included Aklilu Tadesse and Melak Ayenew, master’s students from Ethiopia who study under SD professors David Wheat, Pål Davidsen, and Erling Moxnes; plus Hasan Baniamin and Mizanur Rahman from the department of administration and organizational theory. The team members shared the cash prize of 20,000 NOK ($3400). The Case Competition is an annual collaborative case study project sponsored by Study Bergen, the Career Centre Springbrettet, and representatives from business and industry. This year’s problem stemmed from the office relocation plans of Aibel AS, an engineering and construction company within Norway’s energy sector. Five student teams competed to find solutions to the challenges of change management and logistics. The teams had two weeks to identify the core problem, develop a solution, write a report, and make a presentation to the judges. The candidates were free to chose any problem solving method. When announcing their decision, the judges said the winning team produced a focused and solution-oriented response to the problem, and that the SD model gave the solution a sound scientific basis. The students engaged in this project on their own, outside of their regular study schedule. Their initiative as well as success made their professors very proud. These sources provide more details: Utdanningibergen.no; Springbrette.org

Lou Alfeld’s First Novel Starseeds (Mar 27, 2013)

Lou Alfeld, longtime member and coauthor of Introduction to Urban Dynamics has published his first novel, Starseeds, as an e-book. Based on hard science and reasonable assumptions, this story presents a realistic scenario that could conceivably occur tomorrow. The book describes a scientific investigation of several tiny artifacts with very unusual attributes and reaches a surprise conclusion. Lou describes his book as “fictional science” rather than science fiction as the plot does not invoke any of the science fiction clichés. While no modeling is included, feedback through evolutionary processes does play a large role in the development of the story.

Rogelio Oliva Received a Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching (Mar 21, 2013)

Rogelio Oliva has received the 2013 Distinguished Achievement Award in the category of teaching at Texas A&M University, the sixth largest university in the US, with 48,000 students. The selection is rigorous and the recipients are chosen by a campus-wide committee composed of faculty, students, former students, and staff. This university-wide honor encourages and rewards superior classroom teachers. It recognizes the commitment to the learning process exemplifying the meaning of teacher/mentor in its highest sense. The award is designed to distinguish those teachers who maintain high expectations of their students and ensure academic rigor in their courses. These teachers recognize their responsibilities in motivating and contributing to the overall development of their students as learners and future professionals. The award is testimony to the esteem in which Rogelio is held by his colleagues. Congratulations to Rogelio!

UND and UIB Established a New Partnership (March 21, 2013)

An energizing connection to Norway. Retrieved from und.edu
The University of North Dakota (UND) and the University of Bergen (UIB) signed an agreement on Tuesday, March 19th, to exchange students, faculty and research. This agreement has established a new partnership between UND and UIB to solve the social problems associated with the western North Dakota’s oil boom. System Dynamics approach will be used in this collaboration to allow social scientists and engineers to work together and develop an integrated view of social problems. Society members Pål Davidsen, a faculty member in the Faculty of Social Sciences at UIB, and Scott Johnson, the principal advisor at the Institute of Energy Studies (IES) at UND, are participating in this project. For more details, please read UND News; Valleynewslive

Geoff Coyle Commemorative Event (Mar 19, 2013)

The UK Chapter of the System Dynamics Society held the commemorative event “Geoff Coyle: legacy and prospects for system dynamics” on May 29, at the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London. The event was hosted by the Department of Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College. Speakers included Eric Wolstenholme, Jonathan Coyle, Bob Cavana, and John Morecroft. For the speaker topics and further details, please visit the programme.

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