System Dynamics Group

System Dynamics

Thoughtful leaders increasingly recognize that we are not only failing to solve the persistent problems we face, but are in fact causing them.  From road building programs that actually increase traffic congestion to pathogens that evolve resistance to antibiotics to failed process improvement initiatives, our best efforts to solve problems often make them worse.  System dynamics is designed to avoid such policy resistance and identify high leverage policies for sustained improvement.  We develop formal mathematical models, grounded in empirical evidence, to build theoretical understanding of complex systems and seek to use those models to design and implement policies that yield lasting benefits for businesses and society.

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Focus On: Sustainability

Focus On Sustainability

MIT Sloan’s Sustainability Initiative is greatly influenced by the interdisciplinary approach pioneered by the System Dynamics Group, and the group plays an ongoing role in the development of the initiative.