System Dynamics Society

The System Dynamics Society is "devoted to encouraging the development and use of System Dynamics and systems thinking around the world. With members in seventy countries, the Society provides a forum in which researchers, educators, consultants, and practitioners in the corporate and public sectors interact to introduce newcomers to the field, keep abreast of current developments, and build on each other’s work."

"System dynamics is a computer-aided approach to policy analysis and design. It applies to dynamic problems arising in complex social, managerial, economic, or ecological systems — literally any dynamic systems characterized by interdependence, mutual interaction, information feedback, and circular causality. ... the feedback concept is at the heart of the system dynamics approach. Diagrams of loops of information feedback and circular causality are tools for conceptualizing the structure of a complex system and for communicating model-based insights."

A founding date is not provided, but the first conference was held in 1983.

Journal: System Dynamics Review

Conference: hosts an annual conference generally alternating between the US and Europe, usually in July

Case study repository:

Digital poster: Spencer, R. (2013). System Dynamics Society, digital poster #651 from the First Global Conference on Research Integration and Implementation in Canberra in Australia, online and at co-conferences in Germany, the Netherlands and Uruguay, 8-11 September, 2013. You can access this digital poster as a PowerPoint presentation or PDF:


Posted: June 2008
Last modified: July 2015

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