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Urban Dynamics

By Michael Bean
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Jay Forrester's classic Urban Dynamics model simulates the migration and movement of three socioeconomic classes in a city. It shows how the underemployed, labor, and the managerial-professional class have differing determinations of the attractiveness of a city.

About the author

Michael Bean co-founded Forio Business Simulations, a software company specializing in developing web simulations, and leads Forio’s consulting activities. Before Forio, Michael held several senior management posts at simulation consulting and simulation software firms in the United States and Europe. Michael has been exclusively consulting on strategic simulation and decision-support engagements for twenty years.

Michael was also a research associate for the System Dynamics Group at MIT, where he developed simulations that examined the strategic implications of decision-making.

Michael has consulted with corporations and government agencies nationally and internationally on topics including transfer pricing, competitive strategy, emerging technologies, and customer migration. He has conducted scenario planning, systems thinking, and computer simulation seminars to corporations and government agencies worldwide. In addition, Michael has presented at national conferences on systems thinking and computer ...