The 34th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society
July 17 – July 21, 2016
Delft, Netherlands

Overview 2016 The annual System Dynamics conference brings together people from around the world to share research and application results and to build the community of those active in the field. The conference theme is "Black Swans and Black Lies: System Dynamics in the Context of Randomness and Political Power-play." System Dynamics has proven useful to analyze dynamically complex economic, social, and environmental issues. It is an effective methodology for designing robust systems and policies. We hope to challenge this usefulness in two areas: first, when systems are prone to be affected by random events that we were not able to include in our models; second, when System Dynamics models are not used in a fair or transparent way. An example for the former is our tendency to model averages that fail to account for unlikely but important outlier effects that can both boom or bust an organization. The intentional ignorance of modeling results in bargaining processes when they would limit a negotiator’s power provide an example of the latter. With a focus on how System Dynamics modeling can be used to understand resilience against shocks and to support implementation of policies, we address major epistemological and teleological questions. Please visit our conference site to know more about the 2016 conference...

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Program Chairs

  • Birgit Kopainsky (University of Bergen)
  • Andreas Grossler (Radboud University Nijmegen)
  • Organizing Chairs

  • Erik Pruyt (Delft University of Technology)
  • Monique van der Toorn-Fennema (Delft University of Technology)
  • C. Els van Daalen (Delft University of Technology)
  • Workshop Chairs

  • Jack B. Homer (Homer Consulting)
  • Hazhir Rahmandad (Virgina Tech)
  • Conference Manager

  • Roberta L. Spencer, Executive Director (System Dynamics Society)
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