Below you will find third-party sites and resources. If you have a favorite resource that's not included in the list, please let us know.
- Business Dynamics - Book on Systems Thinking
Accelerating economic, technological, social, and environmental change challenge managers and policy makers to learn at increasing rates, while at the same time the complexity of the systems in which we live is growing. Many of the problems we now face arise as unanticipated side effects of our own past actions. All too often the policies we implement to solve important problems fail, make the problem worse, or create new problems.
Effective decision making and learning in a world of growing dynamic complexity requires us to become systems thinkers--to expand the boundaries of our mental models and develop tools to understand how the structure of complex systems creates their behavior.
- Mega List of Systems Thinking Resource Links
The SD/ST MLL contains more than 300 different links about System Dynamics and Systems Thinking resources in educational and business contexts.
- MIT System Dynamics in Education Project
Education is an important area of application for system dynamics. Together with learner-centered learning, it forces the learner to become actively involved. The wide range of applications for system dynamics makes it an excellent tool for integrating the material of many subjects.
- Society of Organizational Learning
Our purpose is to discover (research), integrate (capacity development) and implement (practice) theories and practices of organizational learning for the interdependent development of people and their institutions and communities such that we continue to increase our capacity to collectively realize our highest aspirations and productively resolve our differences. With this intention, organizations are truly worthy of the commitment of their employees and communities. We operate under a shared set of principles and ideals, which are available here.
- System Model Directory
Find a list of systems and how they effect different environments.
- Systems Thinking & Dynamic Modeling Books
The following is a list of Systems Thinking and dynamic modeling books from other publishers that incorporate STELLA or iThink applications.
- Systems Thinking Course 8 Hours open University
What is systems thinking and practice? The essence of systems thinking and practice is in ‘seeing’ the world in a particular way, because how you ‘see’ things affects the way you approach situations or undertake specific tasks. This unit will help you to learn about the problems of defining a system and meet some of the key concepts used in systems theory: boundary, environment, positive and negative feedback, etc.
- Systems Thinking Wiki
Systems Thinking is neither a model nor a methodology though more appropriately considered to be a way of looking at and thinking about the world. A world view where one thinks about interactions and relationships rather than isolated elements. Because Systems Thinking isn't a nice neat formula that one can learn there are many varied understandings of Systems Thinking and as such numerous Systems Thinking Definitions have evolved. And because of this ambiguous nature of Systems Thinking people usually get it as a result of stories or an Aha Moment. A moment where all of a sudden a systems perspective is something that makes sense.
- Systems Thinking: A Means to Understanding Our Complex World
hat is systems thinking? One great first step is to understand what it is not. Systems thinking is not analy-
sis. If you’re like most people, you probably had a teacher somewhere along the way who taught you that
the best way to understand something was to analyze it—to break it down into bite-size, manageable pieces. So,
for example, to write an essay, you were taught to break it down into its component parts: the introduction, the
purpose, the body (with supporting facts, of course!), and the conclusion.
- The System Dynamics Society
The System Dynamics Society is an international, nonprofit organization devoted to encouraging the development and use of system dynamics and systems thinking around the world. With members in fifty-five 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.