System Dynamics

Critical-analytical thinking techniques – Systems dynamics

Can the system be influenced?

Systems Dynamics is a method for studying and steering social systems with complex feedback such as companies, societies, families, cities, organizations and states.

In complex systems, the effects of a cause often reinforce the original cause via other causal chains. Unexpected links can exist between causes and effects.Systems Dynamics help to map out the structure of the feedback and dynamics. This enables changes in, for example, a social or a socio-economic system to be designed.

Systems Dynamics was developed by Jay Forrester in the sixties.Companies apply Systems Dynamics to anticipate long term changes in the market.Governments apply Systems Dynamics to determine the effects of policy options.

Teams in learning organizations use Systems Dynamics to integrate the views of the team members into a team view.