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System Dynamics Case Repository

General Motors OnStar

In 1997, System Dynamics was used to fundamentally re-design a business strategy for General Motor’s OnStar service. Through investments and policies suggested by modeling work, OnStar became the industry leader in vehicle telematics. The market value of OnStar is now in the billions. This remarkable success is almost entirely due to the effective application of System Dynamics.

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Polio Eradication

Our analysis provided “a nail in the coffin for the idea that there is a cheap and painless way out”. Since then, efforts have continued to focus on finding the resources needed to complete eradication and on dealing with the other complex challenges that remain. National and global health leaders and financial supporters have recommitted to completing eradication, and this has led to several hundreds of millions of dollars of resources.

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The model simulations suggest four characteristic dynamics of the diabetes population: Obesity’s role in driving the growth of prediabetes and diabetes prevalence; the “backing up” phenomenon that may undercut the benefits of management and control efforts; management and control efforts alone are unable to reduce diabetes prevalence in the long term; delays between primary prevention efforts and downstream improvements in diabetes outcomes.

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Process Innovation at Du Pont

Process Innovation at Du Pont Client Du Pont Authors/Consultants Repenning NP, Sterman JD Improvement programs such as Total Quality Management are embraced by many organizations but are often discontinued before full benefits can be reaped. With ever-increasing...

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Criminal Justice

Client Ministry of Justice, the Netherlands Authors/Consultants Rouwette EAJA, Vennis JAM, Van Hooff P, Jongebreur W In 2003, Significant consulting and the Methodology group of Radboud University Nijmegen started a modeling project for the Ministry of Justice in the...

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