Selected Readings

Forrester, J. W. 1961. Industrial Dynamics. Cambridge MA: Productivity Press.

Presents dynamic analysis of a business problem through a model of a production-distribution system that shows oscillatory behavior. Policies to improve system performance are discussed, and numerous policy experiments are demonstrated. Includes full equation listing.

Forrester, J. W. 1968. Principles of Systems. Cambridge MA: Productivity Press.

System structure and behavior are differentiated, with examples showing how structure determines behavior. Rates and levels are described. Inventory model shows effects of delivery delay and resulting production cycles.

Roberts, N., D. F. Andersen, R. M. Deal, M. S. Grant, & W. A. Shaffer. 1983. Introduction to Computer Simulation: A System Dynamics Modeling Approach. Reading MA: Addison-Wesley.

Easy-to-understand introductory text, complete with exercises.

Richardson, G. P., and A. L. Pugh, III. 1981. Introduction to System Dynamics Modeling with DYNAMO. Cambridge MA: Productivity Press.

Introductory text with excellent treatment of conceptualization, stocks and flows, formulation, and analysis. A good way to learn the DYNAMO simulation language as well.

Coyle, R. G. 1996. System Dynamics Modelling: A Practical Approach. London: Chapman and Hall.

Explains the use of optimization of system dynamics models and emphasizes the practical aspects of developing and evaluating models.

Ford, A. 1999. Modeling the Environment: An Introduction to System Dynamics of Environmental Systems. Washington DC: Island Press.

Presents basic concepts of modeling and introduces and builds skills leading to the design and application of models of specific types of environmental systems.

Sterman, J. D. 2000. Business Dynamics: Systems Thinking and Modeling for a Complex World. Boston: Irwin/McGraw-Hill.

A comprehensive introduction which lays out the principles for modeling complex dynamic systems and includes simulation models, experiential exercises, and case studies.

Maani, K. E., and R. Y. Cavana. 2007. (first edition published in 2000) Systems Thinking, System Dynamics: Managing Change and Complexity, Second Edition. Auckland: Pearson Education New Zealand.

Introduction to the dynamic behavior of complex systems, change management, complex decision making, group problem solving and organizational learning.

Warren, K. D. 2002. Competitive Strategy Dynamics. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.
Warren, K. D. 2007. Strategic Management Dynamics. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.

These two books introduce a practical framework for understanding the dynamics of business performance and strategy analysis.

Morecroft, J. 2007. Strategic Modelling and Business Dynamics: A Feedback Systems Approach. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.

Demonstrates the use of business modeling for strategic planning using interactive “management flight simulators” and a range of real-world examples.

Contributions to this list were made by John Sterman, Anjali Sastry, Bob Eberlein, and others.