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System Dynamics

System dynamics is a field for understanding how things change through time. System dynamics deals with how the internal feedback-loops within the structure of a system create behavior. Computer simulation models are used to achieve better understanding of system behavior over time. With a better comprehension of systems, one can redesign structure or policies to improve the behavior. The field of system dynamics was created by Jay Forrester beginning in 1956.

According to the MIT System Dynamics in Education Project, "System dynamics is a method for studying the world around us... The central concept of system dynamics is understanding how all the objects in a system interact with one another. System dynamics attempts to understand the basic structure of a system and thus understand the behavior(s) it can produce."

The Beginning of System Dynamics (D-4165-1) [34K], by Prof. Jay W. Forrester,

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