Systems thinking and system dynamics: A primer

Dangerfield, BC 2014, 'Systems thinking and system dynamics: A primer' , in: Discrete-Event Simulation and System Dynamics for Management Decision Making , Wiley Blackwell, pp. 26-51.

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Abstract

This chapter introduces the basics of the system dynamics simulation methodology, together with the adjunct field of systems thinking which emerged subsequently. It lists the various characteristics of system dynamics models. The stock-flow diagram in SD is the counterpart to the activity cycle diagram (ACD) in discrete-event simulation (DES). Although the flows may not result in a cycling of resources as such (which is common in DES), each diagram is there to underpin the formal model and the quantitative expressions which define its constituent elements. The chapter describes some important additional aspects of SD modeling such as use of soft variables, co-flows, exponential delays and model validation.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools: Schools > Salford Business School
Publisher: Wiley Blackwell
ISBN: 9781118762745
Depositing User: WM Taylor
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2016 10:49
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2016 10:49
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/40838

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