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.
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.
- Making Systems Thinking More Than a Slogan
- The Beer Game
- Biggest obstacles to decent health care in the developing world are managerial
- Prof. John Sterman and ClimateInteractive team awarded System Dynamics Society's Best Application Award
- Adaptation Or Mitigation? Lessons From Abolition In The Battle Over Climate Policy