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  • System Dynamics

    System Dynamics was founded at MIT Sloan in 1956 by Professor Jay W. Forrester. This discipline combines the theory, methods, and philosophy needed to analyze the behavior of systems — not only in management, but also in such other fields as environmental change, politics, economic behavior, medicine, and engineering.

    A concentration in System Dynamics draws on organization studies, behavioral decision theory, and engineering to provide a common foundation for understanding and influencing how things change over time. Students study principles of systems, economic and industrial dynamics, and policy analysis, while doing additional work in economics, information systems, statistics, and political science.

    System Dynamics faculty
    System Dynamics group