To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the field of System Dynamics, we are asking your help in creating an “SD Infographic” to be displayed at this year’s conference. The SD Infographic will highlight the most memorable System Dynamics-related event(s) in each year, starting in 1957.
Leading up to the conference, we ask you to share any memory, photo, or fact (with the date) that might be included in the SD Infographic. Progress on the SD Infographic will be posted on social media, please participate and follow the progress! Please join us on our SD Infographics LinkedIn Showcase. You can share your items either on our Facebook page or via email (email@example.com). The final product will be printed on a large banner and be available at the 35th International System Dynamics Conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts this year.
1956 – 1959
1956 - Jay Joined the Sloan Faculty
Jay W. Forrester joined the Sloan faculty in 1956. A 1956 memo to the
faculty research seminar titled “Dynamic models of economic systems and industrial
organizations” laid out his initial thinking, and became the first in a series of D-Memos (dynamic modeling memos).
Forrester wanted an accessible way to explain his management insights to students. So he devised the Refrigerator Game, soon re-dubbed the Beer Game. In this table game, teams mimic the beer industry’s supply chain, trying to meet consumer demand while minimizing costly inventory
1962 - World’s First Ph.D. Dissertation in System Dynamics
Ed Roberts carried on a research program related to R and D management which produced a doctoral dissertation completed in 1962. Professor Frank Fisher, a distinguished econometrician, was his dissertation chair.
The System Dynamics Newsletter, which was first called the
Industrial Dynamics Newsletter, appears to have started before 1968 from reference to it in D-1169 of October 1968. The Newsletter was discontinued when the System Dynamics Review and other publications made it unnecessary.
SDR was born in 1985 and and Eric Wolstenholme became inaugural executive editor. The first publication of the Review, Volume I, issues 1 & 2, printed and mailed to something like 587 system dynamicists around the world by December of 1985.
Starting on January 1, 1988 the System Dynamics Society has, for the first time, an Executive Director. Julia Spear Pugh graciously accepted the position without remuneration. (Julia Pugh with Marg Rahn and Pål Davidsen)
The formal request for Italian Chapter was posted on October 2, 1995, by Habib Sedehi (President and Italian representative of the grouping). The SDS approved the proposal at the annual Policy Council meeting in February 1996.
Barry Richmond was a professor at Dartmouth College. In 1985 he founded isee Systems, a System Dynamics software program that facilitated a great deal of work in the field. He passed away in August of 2002.