Threads for 2020

The Annual System Dynamics Conference invites papers presenting quantitative and rigorous qualitative work on dynamic problems emphasizing feedback structure and the manner in which it generates behavior. System Dynamics is, by its nature, cross-disciplinary but the classification of papers into threads, some methods based and some systems based, improves conference session organization. Within each thread, we welcome different analytic and computational approaches beyond stock and flow modeling, including discrete representations such as agent-based modeling with a focus on system behavior.

Submissions are welcomed on all topics pertaining to system dynamics. During paper submission, you will be asked to select a primary and secondary thread from the following list. At the conference, presentations will be grouped into sessions by these threads and other themes.

  • Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics (NEW FOR 2020): Issues or Methodologies related to the application or integration of System Dynamics with: Automated Intelligence, Big Data, Data Science, Predictive Analytics or Machine Learning

  • Business: System Dynamics applications in businesses and organizations including profitability, marketing, competitive dynamics, product launches, project dynamics, and accounting
  • Economics: The understanding of economic dynamics including macroeconomics, microeconomics, trade, business regulation, economic development, economic policy, insurance, and risk management.
  • Environment: The dynamics of and policy for the environment including climate change, pollution, environmental regulation, and ecology.
  • Health: Issues related to health and health care including health policy, health services research, population health, and physiology
  • Human Behavior: The dynamics of human behavior in the social environments of families, communities, organizations, culture, and society including individual and social psychology
  • Information and Knowledge: The dynamics of information and knowledge including knowledge management, information systems, social network analysis, research & development, invention and innovation
  • Learning and Teaching: The manner in which system skills are taught and learned including pedagogy, learning experiments, curriculum development, workshop design and interactive activities designed to be part of an educational experience.
  • Methodology: Contributions to the methodology of System Dynamics, modeling and simulation including model development, model analysis, validation, graphical presentation formats, and computational techniques.
  • Operations: Business and other process operations including capacity management, quality control, operations management, supply chains, workflow, queuing, and workforce planning
  • Public Policy: Issues in public policy including governance, social welfare, equity, justice, political science, urban dynamics, infrastructure, and transportation
  • Resources: The understanding and management of resources including energy, electricity, fuels, food, metals and other renewable and nonrenewable resources.  
  • Security: The investigation of issues related to security including defense, conflict, military, insurgency and counterinsurgency, social unrest, disaster management, crime, policing and incarceration.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Engaging and influencing stakeholders through participatory activities such as group model building, facilitation, facilitated modeling, games and management flight simulators with emphasis on assessing the impact of the engagement. 
  • Strategy: The development, communication and implementation of strategy, including strategic thinking, goal definition, and outcome measures for public and private organizations