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Systems Thinking Course Aims at Developing Managerial Competency

The Systems Thinking Competency Course (STCC) project at the MIT Sloan School of Management is exploring how systems thinking can be translated into the workplace.

Let the Games Begin!

When my nephew was eight weeks old, my brother began playing a game with him. He would slowly open and close his hand while moving …

Reinforcing and Balancing Loops: Building Blocks of Dynamic Systems

In the book The Double Helix James Watson describes the process through which he and Robert Crick “cracked” the DNA code. While others were searching …

Would More Market Data Have Saved Some Developers?

The pendulum that is the Boston real estate market is on the downswing. Suburban developers have been particularly stung by the recent downturn since most …

ithinkĀ®: The Visual Thinking Tool

We live in an age of spreadsheets. From tracking expenses to projecting future revenue streams, spreadsheet software packages have become an invaluable tool for many …

Limits to Success: When the “Best of Times” Becomes the “Worst of Times”

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…” wrote …

Scenario-Based Planning: Managing by Foresight

In the early 1980s, Royal Dutch/ Shell’s planning group uncovered some startling statistics: one-third of the companies listed in the Fortune 500 in 1970 had …

1990 System Dynamics Conference Focuses on Learning

Learning emerged as the key topic at the 1990 International System Dynamics Conference. The conference, held July 10-13 in Massachusetts, brought together people from over …

It Will Take Time to Perfect Recycling

Periodic gluts and shortfalls in the recycling industry aren’t a signal that recycling doesn’t work, says Donella Meadows. Such behavior is characteristic of any system …

A Palette of Systems Thinking Tools

In this issue’s Toolbox it may be helpful to lay out the full array of systems thinking tools from which this column draws. You can …