Topic: System Dynamics

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Systemic Quality Management: Improving the Quality of Doing and Thinking

“No matter how hard Western nations try to engage in Quality Control education, they may not catch up with Japan until the 1990s, since it …

Graphical Functions: “Seeing” the Full Story

An executive of a large automotive company tells the story of two engineers who were arguing about the correct angle of an engine mount. The …

Déjà vu in Advertising

The year is 1986 and the advertising industry — which prides itself on being immune to economic slowdowns — is experiencing a sharp slowdown of …

Success to the Successful: Self-Fulfilling Prophecies

Imagine you have two new direct reports, Stan and Frank. Both seem equally qualified — a degree from a good school, a couple years of …

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 …

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 …

Are Budgets Bad for Business?

Budgets are great for tracking money as it flows through a company. But when they are used for other purposes — long-range planning or gauging …

Can a Product Be Too Attractive?

At MacWorld 1987 I bought my first hard drive. It was made by Jasmine, a company that was creating a sensation because of its superior …

Designing Effective Learning Environments

Imagine you are part of a healthcare team that has developed a computer model to grapple with the complex and often conflicting factors involved …

Software for Understanding Complex Systems

Life is complex,” states M. Scott Peck at the beginning of his book, Further Along the Road Less Traveled. Unfortunately, that statement goes against …