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Jay Forrester

  • Professor Emeritus of Management
  • System Dynamics
  • E62-437
  • (617) 253-1571
  • (978) 369-9372

Jay Forrester is the Professor Emeritus of Management in System Dynamics at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

A pioneer in early digital computer development and a member of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Forrester invented random-access magnetic-core memory during the first wave of modern computers. He also pioneered the growing field of system dynamics. His research focuses on the behavior of economic systems, including the causes of business cycles and the major depressions, a new type of dynamics-based management education, and system dynamics as a unifying theme in pre-college education. He has been recognized with numerous awards for his books and has been awarded nine honorary degrees from universities around the world.

Forrester holds a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Nebraska and an SM in electrical engineering from MIT.

  • Industrial Dynamics. Waltham, MA: Pegasus Communications, 1961.. Forrester, Jay.
  • Principles of Systems (2nd edition). Waltham, MA: Pegasus Communications, 1968.. Forrester, Jay.
  • Urban Dynamics. Waltham, MA: Pegasus Communications, 1969.. Forrester, Jay.
  • World Dynamics (1973 second edition). Waltham, MA:Pegasus Communications, 1971. Second edition has an added chapter on physical vs. social limits.. Forrester, Jay.
  • Collected Papers of Jay Forrester. Forrester, Jay W. San Jose, CA: Pegasus Communications, 1975.