Hazhir Rahmandad

Albert and Jeanne Clear Career Development Professor
Assistant Professor of System Dynamics

Biography | Selected Publications

"Capability Erosion Dynamics." ​Rahmandad, Hazhir and Nelson Repenning. Strategic Management Journal. Forthcoming.

"Depression as a systemic syndrome: Mapping the feedback loops of major depressive disorder." Wittenborn, A., Hazhir Rahmandad, J. Rick and N. Hosseinichimeh. Psychological Medicine. Forthcoming.

"Examining the systemic complexity of unipolar depression." Andrea K. Wittenborn, Jennifer Rick , Niyousha Hosseinichimeh and Hazhir Rahmandad. In Proceedings of Innovations in Collaborative Modeling 2015. Forthcoming

"Inter-phase Feedbacks in Construction Projects." Parvan, Kiavash, Hazhir Rahmandad and Ali Haghani. Journal of Operations Management. Forthcoming.

"Modeling Feedback Effects in Adult Depression." Andrea K. Wittenborn, J. Rick, N. Hosseinichimeh and Hazhir Rahmandad. In 2015 Annual meeting of the American Psychological Association. Forthcoming. 

"Understanding Depression as a Systemic Syndrome." Andrea Wittenborn, J. Rick, N. Hosseinichimeh and Hazhir Rahmandad. In 2015 Proceedings of American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Forthcoming.

Analytical Methods for Dynamic Modelers. Rahmandad, Hazhir, Rogelio Oliva and Nathaniel D. Osgood. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2015.

"Modeling Competing Actors Using Differential Games. Analytical Methods for Dynamic Modelers." JRahmandad, Hazhir and R. Spiteri . In Analytical Methods for Dynamic Modelers, edited by Hazhir Rahmandad, Rogelio Oliva and Nathaniel D. Osgood. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2015.

"Using the Method of Simulated Moments for System Identification." Jalali, M., Hizhair Rahmandad and H Ghoddusi. In Analytical Methods for Dynamic Modelers, edited by Hazhir Rahmandad, Rogelio Oliva and Nathaniel D. Osgood. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2015.

"Understanding Econo-Political Risks: Impact of Sanctions on an Automotive Supply Chain." Davarzani, Hoda, Reza Zanjirani Farahani and Hazhir Rahmandad. International Journal of Operations & Production Management Vol. 35, No. 11 (2015): 1567-1591. (2015)

"Design, Communication, and Erosion of Organizational Capabilities." M. Jalali and Hazhir Rahmandad. In Proceedings of the SMS Annual Meeting 2015. Chicago, IL: October 2015.

"Modeling the Hypothalamus–Pituitary–Adrenal Axis: A Review and Extension." Hosseinichimeh, Niyousha, Hazhir Rahmandad and Andrea K. Wittenborn. Mathematical Biosciences Vol. 268 (2015): 52-65. (2015)

"Making the Numbers? 'Short termism' & the puzzle of only occasional disasters." Hazhir Rahmandad, Nelson Reppening and Rebecca M. Henderson. In Capitalism in Question: 75th Annual Meeting, the Academy of Management, edited by Leslie Toombs. Briarcliff Manor, NY: 2015.

"Estimating System Dynamics Models Using Indirect Inference." Niyousha Hosseinichimeh, Hazhir Rahmandad, Mohammad Jalali and Andrea Wittenborn. In Proceedings of the 33rd International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, Albany, NY: July, 2015.

"Making the Numbers? "Short Termism" and the Puzzle of Only Occasional Disaster." Hazhir Rahmandad, Nelson Repenning and Rebecca Henderson. In Proceedings of the 33rd International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, Albany, NY: July, 2015.

"Modeling Social Norms and Social Influence in Obesity." Shoham, David A., Ross Hammond, Hazhir Rahmandad, Youfa Wang and Peter Hovmand. Current Epidemiology Reports Vol. 2, No.1 (2015): 71-79. (2015)

"Measuring Dynamic Efficiency of Highway Maintenance Operations." Fallah-Fini, Saeideh, Konstantinos Triantis, Hazhir Rahmandad and Jesus M. de la Garza. Omega  (2015)

"Human Growth and Body Weight Dynamics: An Integrative Systems Model." Rahmandad, Hazhir. PlosOne Vol. 9, No. 12 (2014): 1-22.  (2014)

"A Model of Human Growth and Body Weight Dynamics." Hazhir Rahmandad. In Proceedings of 2014 INFORMS Annual Meeting. Catonsville, MD: November 2014. 

"A System Dynamics Model for Estimating the Energy Imbalance Among US Children." S. Fallah-fini, Hazhir Rahmandad, R. Bures and T. Huang.  (2014)

"Aggregation of Statistical Findings, Case Study: BMR Estimation Models, White Males 8-18 Years Old." Hazhir Rahmandad, M. Jalali and K. Paynabar. In Proceedings of 2014 INFORMS Annual Meeting. Catonsville, MD: November 2014. 

"Dynamics of Obesity Interventions Inside Organizations." M. ​Jalali, A. Ammerman, S. Bullock and Hazhir Rahmandad. In Proceedings of 2014 INFORMS Annual Meeting. Catonsville, MD: November 2014. 

"Improving Investment Decisions at Hospitals Through System Dynamics and Decision Analysis." C. Wernz, A. Baghaei, Hazhir Rahmandad, A. Rojas-Cordova, A. Slonim and H. Zhang. In Proceedings of 2014 INFORMS Annual Meeting. Catonsville, MD: November 2014. 

"Quantitative Aggregation of Prior Statistical Findings." Hazhir Rahmandad, M. Jalali and K. Paynabar. In Proceedings of 2014 INFORMS Annual Meeting. Catonsville, MD: November 2014. 

"How Delays Complicate Organizational Learning." Hazhir Rahmandad. In Proceedings of the 2009 INFORMS Annual Meeting. Washington, DC: October 2009. (2014)

"Dynamics of Obesity Interventions inside Organizations." Mohammad Jalali, Hazhir Rahmandad, Sally Bullock and Alice Ammerman. In Proceedings of the 32nd International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, editted by Pål Davidsen and Etiënne A. J. A. Rouwette. Albany, NY: 2014.

"Estimating the Dynamics of Individual Opinions in Online Communities." Armin Ashouri Rad, Hazhir Rahmandad and Mehdi Yahyanejad. In Proceedings of the 32nd International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, editted by Pål Davidsen and Etiënne A. J. A. Rouwette. Albany, NY: 2014.

"Modeling Obesity Trends among U.S. Children: A System Dynamics Model for Estimating the Energy Imbalance Gap." Saeideh Fallah-Fini, Hazhir Rahmandad, Regina Bures and Terry Huang. In Proceedings of the 32nd International Conference of the System Dynamics Society edited by Pål Davidsen and Etiënne A. J. A. Rouwette. Albany, NY: July 2014. 

"Modeling the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis: A review and extension." Niyousha Hosseinichimeh, Hazhir Rahmandad and Andrea Wittenborn. In Proceedings of the 32nd International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, editted by Pål Davidsen and Etiënne A. J. A. Rouwette. Albany, NY: 2014.

"Dynamic Interplay Among Homeostatic, Hedonic, and Cognitive Feedback Circuits Regulating Body Weight." Hall, Kevin D., Ross A. Hammond and Hazhir Rahmandad. American Journal of Public Health Vol. 104, No. 7 (2014): 1169-1175. (2014)

"Modeling US Adult Obesity Trends: A System Dynamics Model for Estimating Energy Imbalance Gap." Fallah-Fini, Saeideh, Hazhir Rahmandad, Terry T. K. Huang, Regina M. Bures and Thomas A. Glass. American Journal of Public Health Vol. 104, No. 7 (2014): 1230-1239. (2014)

"Best-fitting Prediction Equations for Basal Metabolic Rate: Informing Obesity Interventions in Diverse Populations." Sabounchi, N.S., Hashir Rahmandad and A. Ammerman. International Journal of Obesity Vol. 37, No. 10 (2013): 1364-1370.  (2013)

"Connecting Micro Dynamics and Population Distributions in System Dynamics Models." Fallah-Fini, Saeideh, Hazhir Rahmandad, Hsin-Jen Chen, Hong Xue and Youfa Wang. System Dynamics Review Vol. 29, No. 4 (2013): 197-215. (2013)

"Reconciling Statistical and Systems Science Approaches to Public Health." Ip, Edward H., Hazhir Rahmandad, David A. Shoham, Ross Hammond, Terry T. K. Huang, Youfa Wang and Patricia L. Mabry. Health Education Behavior Vol. 40, No. 1 (2013): 123-131. (2013)

"Understanding the Differences Among Academic Disciplines." Hazhir Rahmandad. In Knowledge, Action and the Public Concern: 73rd Annual Meeting, the Academy of Management, edited by Leslie Toombs. Briarcliff Manor, NY: August 2013.

"Estimating Dynamic Health Systems Models from Cross-Sectional Data." Hazhir Rahmandad. In 2013 Proceedings of Joint Statistical Meeting, edited by

"Connecting Micro Dynamics and Population Distributions in System Dynamics Models." Saeideh Fallah-Fin, Hazhir Rahmandad, Hsin-Jen Chen and Youfa Wang. In Proceedings of the 31st International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, edited by Robert Eberlein and Ignacio J. Martínez-Moyano. Albany, NY: July 2013.

"Empirical Study of Design-Construction Feedbacks in Building Construction Projects." Kiavash Parvan, Hazhir Rahmandad, Ali Haghani, Robert Eberlein and Ignacio J. Martínez-Moyano. In Proceedings of the 30st International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, edited by Robert Eberlein and Ignacio J. Martínez-Moyano. Albany, NY: July 2013.

"Estimation of Unknown Parameters in Dynamic Models Using the Method of Simulated Moments (MSM)." Hizhar Rahmandad, M. Jalali and H. Ghoddusi.  In Proceedings of the 31st International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, edited by Robert Eberlein and Ignacio J. Martínez-Moyano. Albany, NY: July 2013.

"Blind Men and the Elephant: Detecting Evolving Groups In Social News." Roja Bandari, Hazhir Rahmandad and Vwani P. Roychowdhury. In Proceedings of the International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media 2013, edited by Emre Kiciman, Nicole B. Ellison, Bernie Hogan, Paul Resnick and Ian Soboroff. Palo Alto, CA: July 2013.

"Reconstructing Online Behaviors by Effort Minimization." Armin Ashouri Rad and Hazhir Rahmandad. In Proceedings of international Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, & Prediction 2013, edited by Ariel M. Greenberg, William G. Kennedy and Nathan D. Bos. Berlin, Germany: April 2013.

"Exploration Exploitation in Online Browsing." Hazhir Rahmandad. In Proceedings of 2013 Carnegie School of Organizational Learning Conference. Pittsburgh, PA: March 2013.

"Reconstructing Online Behaviors by Effort Minimization." (2013)

"Adoption of Innovative Products in the US Housing Industry:  Builders’ Practices Over 15 years." P. Nikkhoo, A.R. Sanderford, A. P. McCoy, C. T. Koebel, C. Franck and Hazhir Rahmandad. In Proceedings of the 1st Residential Building Design and Construction Conference, edited by Ali M. Memari. State College, PA: February 2013.

"Reporting Guidelines for Simulation-based Research in Social Sciences." Rahmandad, Hazhir and John D. Sterman. System Dynamics Review Vol. 28, No. 4 (2012): 396-411. (2012)

"Agent-based Modeling of College Drinking Behavior and Mapping of System Dynamics of Alcohol Reduction Using Both Environmental and Individual-based Intervention Strategies." Edward H. Ip, Mark Wolfson, Douglas Easterling, Erin Sutfin, Kimberly Wagoner, Jill Blocker, Kathleen Egan, Hazhir Rahmandad and Shyh-Huei Chen. In Proceedings of the 30th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, edited by Elke Husemann and David Lane. Albany, NY: July 2012.

"Estimating the Impact Factor of Undiscovered Design Errors on Construction Quality." Kiavash Parvan, Hazhir Rahmandad and Ali Haghani. In Proceedings of the 30th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, edited by Elke Husemann and David Lane. Albany, NY: July 2012.

"Modeling the Dynamics of Human Body Growth and Maintenance." Hazhir Rahmandad. In Proceedings of the 30th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, edited by Elke Husemann and David Lane. Albany, NY: July 2012.

"Reporting Guidelines for Simulation-based Research in Social Sciences." Hazhir Rahmandad and John D. Sterman. In Proceedings of the 30th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, edited by Elke Husemann and David Lane. Albany, NY: July 2012.

"Joint Pricing and Openness Decisions in Software Markets with Reinforcing Loops." Rahmandad, Hazhir and Soheil Sibdari. System Dynamics Review Vol. 28, No. 3 (2012): 209-229. (2012)

"Modeling and Estimating Individual and Population Obesity Dynamics." Hazhir Rahmandad and Nasim S. Sabounchi. In Proceedings of the International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media 2012, edited by Shanchieh Jay Yang, Ariel M. Greenberg and Mica Endsley. Palo Alto, CA: June 2012. 

"Impact of growth opportunities and competition on dynamics of capability development." Rahmandad, Hazhir. Organization Science Vol. 23, No. 1 (2012): 138-154. (2012)

"Building and Estimating Dynamic Models of Obesity." Hazhir Rahmandad and N. Sabounchi. In Proceedings of the 2011 INFORMS Annual Meeting. Charlotte, NC: November 2011.

"Identifying Communities in Online Social News Websites." R. Bandari and Hazhir Rahmandad. In Proceedings of 2011 INFORMS Annual Meeting. Catonsville, MD: November 2011.

"Building and Estimating a Dynamic Model of Weight Gain and Loss for Individuals and Populations." Hazhir Rahmandad and Nasim S. Z. Sabounchi. In Proceedings of the 29th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, edited by James M. Lyneis and George P. Richardson. Albany, NY: July 2011.

"Modeling Polarization Dynamics in Online Communities." Hazhir Rahmandad and Mohammad Mahdian. In Proceedings of the 29th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, edited by James M. Lyneis and George P. Richardson. Albany, NY: July 2011.

"Development of an individual-based model for polioviruses: Implications of the selection of network type and outcome metrics." Rahmadad, Hazhir, Kun Hu, R.J. Duintjer Tebbems and K. M. Thompson. Epidemiology and Infection Vol. 139, No. 6 (2011): 836-848. (2011)

"Factors influencing the risk of falls in construction industry: A review of evidence." Hu, Kun, Hazhir Rahmandad, Tonya Smith‐Jackson and Woodrow Winchester. Construction Management and Economics Vol. 29, No. 4 (2011): 397-416. (2011)

"Mapping the dynamics of overall equipment effectiveness to enhance asset management." Zuashkiani, Ali, Hazhir Rahmandad and Andrew K.S. Jardine. Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering Vol 17, No. 1 (2011): 74-92. (2011)

"System Dynamics Modeling for Obesity." Hazhir Rahmandad and N. Sabounchi. In Public Health Modeling Conference - Modeling for Public Health Action: From Epidemiology to Operations. Piscataway, NJ: December 2010.

"An Agent-based Model of Poliovirus Transmission." Kun Hu, Hazhir Rahmandad, R. Duintjer Tebbens and K. Thompson. In Proceedings of the 2010 INFORMS Annual Meeting. Austin, TX: November 2010.

"Modeling the rework cycle: Capturing multiple defects per task." Rahmandad, Hazhir and Kun Hu. System Dynamics Review Vol. 26, No. 4 (2010): 291-315.  (2010)

"Optimizing highway maintenance operations: dynamic considerations." Fallah-Fini, Saeideh, Hazhir Rahmandad, Konstantinos Triantis and Jesus M. de la Garza. System Dynamics Review Vol. 26, No. 3 (2010): 216-238. (2010)

"An Agent-based Model to Explore Network Impact on Poliovirus Transmission." K. Hu, Hazhir Rahmandad, Duintjer Tebbens and K.M. Thompson. In Proceedings of the 2010 Industrial Engineering Research Conference. Norcross, GA: June 2010.

"Effects of Feedback Delay on Learning." Rahmandad, Hazhir, Nelson Repenning and John D. Sterman. System Dynamics Review Vol. 25, No. 4 (2009): 309-338. (2009)

"Software Pricing and Openness Under Competition." Hazhir Rahmandad and Sinan Aral. In Proceedings of the 2009 INFORMS Annual Meeting. San Diego, CA: October 2009.

"Dynamics of concurrent software development." Rahmandad, Hazhir and D. Weiss. Dynamics of concurrent software development Vol. 25, No. 3 (2009): 224-249. (2009)

"Deciding On Software Pricing And Openness Under Competition." Hazhir Rahmandad and Thanujan Ratnarajah. In Proceedings of the 27th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, edited by Andrew Ford, David N. Ford and Edward G. Anderson. Albany, NY: July 2009.

"Systems Engineering: Have we lost our Competitive Edge? A Consideration of the Dynamics of Systems Engineering Projects." K. Triantis, Hazhir Rahmandad and W. Vaneman. In Proceedings of the 27th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, edited by Andrew Ford, David N. Ford and Edward G. Anderson. Albany, NY: July 2009.

"Factors Influencing Risk of Falls: A Review of Evidence in Construction." K. Hu, Hazhir Rahmandad, T. Smith-Jackson and W.W. Winchester. In Proceedin​gs of the 21st Annual International Occupational Ergonomics and Safety Conference, edited by RJ Marley, AR Kumar, BF Ware and TE Lockhart. Phoenix, AZ: June 2009.

"Learning Control Policies in System Dynamics Models." Hazhir Rahmandad and S. Fallah-Fini. In Proceedings of the 2008 INFORMS Annual Meeting. Washington, DC: October 2008.

"Modeling Rework Cycle: Comparing Alternative Formulations." Hazhir Rahmandad and Thanujan Ratnarajah. In Proceedings of the 2008 INFORMS Annual Meeting. Washington, DC: October 2008.

"Learning Control Policies in System Dynamics Models." Hazhir Rahmandad and Saeideh Fallah-Fini. In Proceedings of the 26th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, edited by Brian C. Dangerfield. Albany, NY: July 2008.

"Modeling Rework Cycle: Comparing Alternative Formulations." Hazhir Rahmandad, Kun Hu and Thanujan Ratnarajah. In Proceedings of the 26th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, edited by Brian C. Dangerfield. Albany, NY: July 2008.

"Effect of delays on complexity of organizational learning." Rahmandad, Hazhir. Management Science Vol. 54, No. 7 (2008): 1297-1312. (2008)

"Heterogeneity and network structure in the dynamics of diffusion: Comparing agent-based and differential equation models." Rahmandad, Hazhir and John D. Sterman. Management Science Vol. 54, No. 5 (2008): 998-1014. (2008)

"Dynamics of Organizational Capabilities and Firm Adaptation." Hazhir Rahmandad. In Doing Well By Doing Good: 67th Annual Meeting, the Academy of Management, edited by George Solomon. Briarcliff Manor, NY: August 2007. 

"Why Myopic Policies Persist? Impact of Growth Opportunities and Competition." Hazhir Rahmandad. In Proceedings of the 25th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, edited by John Sterman, Rogelio Oliva, Robin S. Langer, Jennifer I. Rowe and Joan M. Yanni. Albany, NY: July 2007.

"Dynamics of Multi-release New Product Development." Hazhir Rahmandad and Nelson P. Reppening. In Knowledge, Action and the Public Concern: 66th Annual Meeting, the Academy of Management, edited by K. Mark Weaver. Briarcliff Manor, NY: August 2011.  (2006)

"Effect of Delays on Complexity of Organizational Learning." Hazhir Rahmandad. In Knowledge, Action and the Public Concern: 66th Annual Meeting, the Academy of Management, edited by K. Mark Weaver. Briarcliff Manor, NY: August 2006.

"Heterogeneity and Network Structure in the Dynamics of Contagion: Comparing Agent-based and Differential Equation Models." Hazhir Rahmandad. In A New Vision of Management in the 21st Century: 65th Annual Meeting, the Academy of Management, edited by K. Mark Weaver. Briarcliff Manor, NY: August 2008 (2005)

"Heterogeneity and Network Structure in the Dynamics of Diffusion: Comparing Agent-Based and Differential Equation Models." Hazhir Rahmandad. In Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, edited Michael Kennedy, Graham W. Winch, Robin S. Langer, Jennifer I. Rowe and Joan M. Yanni. Albany, NY:July 2004.

"Heterogeneity and Network Structure in the Dynamics of Contagion: Comparing Agent-based and Differential Equation Models." Hazir Rahmandad and John D. Sterman. In Proceedings of the 2003 North American Association for Computational Social and Organizational Sciences Conference. Pittsburgh, PA: June 2004.

"Effects of Feedback Delays on Learning." Hazir Ramandad, Nelson P. Repenning and John D. Sterman. In Proceedings of the 2003 North American Association for Computational Social and Organizational Sciences Conference. Pittsburgh, PA: June 2003.

"Learning from Experience with Delayed Feedback." Hazhir Rahmandad, Nelson Repenning and John Sterman. In Proceedings of the 20th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, edited by Pål I. Davidsen, Edoardo Mollon, Vedat G. Diker, Robin S. Langer and Jennifer I. Rowe. Albany, NY: July 2002.

"Tightening the Iron Cage or Path Dependence in Norm Formation? A System Dynamics Approach." Hazhir Rahmandad and Joao Vieira da Cunha. In Proceedings of the 19th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, edited by James H. Hines, Vedat G. Diker, Robin S. Langer and Jennifer I. Rowe. Albany, NY: July 2001.

"A System Dynamics Approach to Organization Design: Case of Talented Students’ Center in Sharif University of Technology." Hazhir Rahmandad and Mahmood Siadat Pazhu. In Proceedings of the 18th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, edited by Pål I. Davidsen, David N. Ford and Ali N. Mashayekhi. Albany, NY: August, 2000.

"Developing a model for paradigm shift in service industry." Hazhir Rahmandad. In Proceedings of the 18th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, edited by Pål I. Davidsen, David N. Ford and Ali N. Mashayekhi. Albany, NY: August, 2000.

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