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Background on System Dynamics: A Skeptic's Guide to Computer Models, and a Self-Paced Guide

The ability to understand and evaluate computer models is becoming a prerequisite for the policymaker, legislator, lobbyist, business executive, and citizen alike.

John Sterman, Director of the System Dynamics Group at MIT, explains that the best use of computer models is to improve our own internal mental models of the way the world works. Computer modeling is an essential part of the educational process rather than a technology for producing answers.

System dynamics is the simulation modeling technology that underlies Forio’s business simulations. Road Maps is an online guide for learning the basics of system dynamics, provided by the System Dynamics Group at MIT.

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