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Suggested Readings

The following books are suggested for those interested in learning more about System Dynamics and deepening their modeling skills.

Morecroft, JDW. 2015, Strategic Modelling and Business Dynamics: A Feedback Systems Approach, (2nd edition), Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.

Demonstrates the use of business modeling for strategy development using “mini-simulators and microworlds” and a range of real-world examples. Additional online resources are available for both Leaners and Instructors on the book website. Search Strategic Modelling and Business Dynamics.


Maani, K. E., and R. Y. Cavana. 2007. (first edition published in 2000) Systems Thinking, System Dynamics: Managing Change and Complexity, Second Edition. Auckland: Pearson Education New Zealand.

Introduction to the dynamic behavior of complex systems, change management, complex decision making, group problem solving, and organizational learning.


Warren, K. D. 2002. Competitive Strategy Dynamics. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.
Warren, K. D. 2007. Strategic Management DynamicsChichester: John Wiley & Sons.

Warren, K. D. 2015. Strategy Dynamics Essentials. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 

These three books introduce a practical framework for understanding the dynamics of business performance and strategy analysis.


Sterman, J. D. 2000. Business Dynamics: Systems Thinking and Modeling for a Complex World. Boston: Irwin/McGraw-Hill.

A comprehensive introduction which lays out the principles for modeling complex dynamic systems and includes simulation models, experiential exercises, and case studies.


Ford, A. 2009. Modeling the Environment: An Introduction to System Dynamics of Environmental Systems. Washington DC: Island Press.

Presents basic concepts of modeling and introduces and builds skills leading to the design and application of models of specific types of environmental systems.


Coyle, R. G. 1996. System Dynamics Modelling: A Practical Approach. London: Chapman and Hall.

Explains the use of optimization of system dynamics models and emphasizes the practical aspects of developing and evaluating models.


Roberts, N., D. F. Andersen, R. M. Deal, M. S. Grant, & W. A. Shaffer. 1983. Introduction to Computer Simulation: A System Dynamics Modeling Approach. Reading MA: Addison-Wesley.

Easy-to-understand introductory text, complete with exercises.


Richardson, G. P., and A. L. Pugh, III. 1981. Introduction to System Dynamics Modeling with DYNAMO. Cambridge MA: Productivity Press.

Introductory text with excellent treatment of conceptualization, stocks and flows, formulation, and analysis. A good way to learn the DYNAMO simulation language as well.


Forrester, J. W. 1968. Principles of Systems. Cambridge MA: Productivity Press.

System structure and behavior are differentiated, with examples showing how structure determines behavior. Rates and levels are described. The inventory model shows the effects of delivery delay and resulting in production cycles.


Forrester, J. W. 1961. Industrial Dynamics. Cambridge MA: Productivity Press.

Presents a dynamic analysis of a business problem through a model of a production-distribution system that shows oscillatory behavior. Policies to improve system performance are discussed, and numerous policy experiments are demonstrated. Includes full equation listing.


Contributions to this list were made by John Sterman, Anjali Sastry, Bob Eberlein, and others.

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