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MIT Alumni System Dynamics: Action Learning in Breakout Sessions & Speed Networking

In this two-part online interactive event, spend the first half exploring topics and open discussions in short breakout sessions led by breakout leaders and room participants on system dynamics, real-world applications, and the adoption of artificial intelligence, including GPTs and LLMS. Each topic will be rotated every 10 minutes. The remaining session will become an interactive automated speed networking breakout.

We encourage you to participate, share, and ask questions. All experiences are welcome, and you don’t need to be an experienced System Dynamics practitioner or academic.

To register, RSVP, or learn more, visit the event page: https://www.masd-events.xyz/

Making Systems Mapping Accessible

June 26 at 11 am NY | 4 pm London | 11 pm Beijing | Time Converter

Artificial Intelligence and System Dynamics in Business and Management

April 3 at 11 am NY | 4 pm London | 11 pm Beijing | Time Converter

This webinar presents the dynamic interplay between Artificial Intelligence (AI) and System Dynamics (SD) in business and management. As AI’s role in solving complex challenges and redefining system interactions grows, it becomes imperative to examine its synergistic relationship with System Dynamics.

This session unveils the results of a thorough literature review, employing integrated bibliometric and topic modeling techniques to probe the extent and nature of AI and SD’s convergence in business and management. Our study focused on a pivotal research question: “To what extent and in which direction is the literature on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and System Dynamics (SD) converging within the business and management landscape?”

Highlights of our findings:

  1. In-depth bibliometric analysis: uncovered the intersections of academic discussions on System Dynamics and AI, charting the evolution and patterns of their convergence.
  2. Advanced topic modeling discoveries: delved into the intricacies of AI and System Dynamics integration, as revealed by cutting-edge topic modeling, offering a granular view of this convergence.
  3. Dual convergence pathways: assessed the nuances of “soft convergence,” where AI enhances System Dynamics with a focus on social dynamics, against the backdrop of “hard convergence,” where AI is a catalyst in reengineering system design and interdependencies.
  4. Emerging trends and strategic implications: presented a reflection on why soft convergence currently dominates the business landscape and how hard convergence could emerge as a groundbreaking approach in System Dynamics research and application.

The webinar welcomes scholars, researchers, and industry practitioners. This session seeks to provide insights and forward-thinking perspectives on the intersection of these two fields.

 

About the Presenters

Francesca Iandolo, PhD, is a Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Management at Sapienza University of Rome. She graduated with her master’s degree in accounting with honours and holds a PhD in Management with a dissertation thesis on Viable Systems Approach (vSa), value creation, and sustainability. Her research interests concern the application of systems theories to corporate sustainability and the role of technology diffusion within digital platforms. Francesca serves as a Representative of the Researchers in the Department Board of Management and the Faculty Board of the Faculty of Economics at Sapienza University of Rome. Additionally, she is the Academic Coordinator for Mobility at the Faculty of Economics, Sapienza University of Rome. She participated in several national and international conferences as a track proponent and chair and published in national and international journals. She is a chartered accountant and junior consultant for private companies.

Giuliano Maielli’s research spans the fields of business history and organization studies. His work focuses upon technological and organizational innovation through the analytical lens of “design hierarchies”, with a particular interest in path-dependence and path-creation as socio-organizational phenomena. Giuliano has published peer-reviewed academic papers on these topics, while his current research revolves around platform innovation dynamics, the internet of things and industry 4.0.

Stefano Armenia is a Tenure-track Lecturer (Ricercatore TDB) in Business Organizations and in the Analysis of Dynamical Systems at the Università Telematica degli Studi in Florence., where he teaches “Business Organizations” and “Marketing communication techniques”. He holds a degree in Computer Engineering, Industrial Automation & Control Systems, a Ph.D. in Business Engineering and a Master in Management and Business Administration. He is member of the System Dynamics International Society (SDS) since 2002, President of the System Dynamics Italian Chapter (SYDIC – the Italian Network of the SDS) since 2011 and member of the SDS Policy Council from 2014 to 2022, where he also acted as VP Chapters & SIGs. From 2014 to 2017 he has also been the IT & Communication Officer of the European Academy of Management. In 2021 he has obtained the national scientific status as associate professor in Business Organizations (ASN 2021, SSD: SECS-P/10, 3 out of 3 median indicators) His professional background includes extensive knowledge of main funding programs at national (Italian) and International level with a specific experience on research programs. Among his previous roles, he has acted as Bid Manager, Project Manager and Professional Consultant in several fields, both in the Public Administration and Industrial environments. In his research work, he deals with the analysis of complex systems dynamics in many fields: cybersecurity, critical infrastructure protection, logistics and sustainable transportation, finance, technological innovation, policy modelling and assessment of impacts of innovation and new technologies (Digital Transformation) on organizational processes and on society. From 2014 to 2020 he has been co-editor in chief of the Kybernetes Journal (Emerald-Insights) and currently is Associate or Guest editor in several other scientific journals in the field of system dynamics (IJASS, IJMABS). He is an author of several papers in top-ranked journals and has been involved in various initiatives dealing with sustainable development and Climate Change (he has led the Climate Action Exercise in several previous occasions, both at public and private level). He has been involved in different researches dealing with sustainable development and other environmental issues (i.e. Carbon Capture & Sequestration, Urban Sustainable Development, etc.) as well as with the translation of sustainability best sellers (i.e.: “Thinking in Systems” by Donella Meadows).

Pietro Vito, PhD in Management, is a researcher in Economics and Business Management at the Sapienza University of Rome. His research interests cover the methodological aspects of business management from a systemic and vital perspective, as well as thematic aspects related to sustainability, environmental protection, intellectual capital, and artificial intelligence.

Critical Resource-Development With Dynamic Business Models

October 16 at 11 am NY | 4 pm London | 11 pm Beijing | Time Converter

This seminar is part of our special series System Dynamics for Business Innovation with Kim Warren. A series of nine webinars offering a deep dive into the application of System dynamics in Business. The sessions will explore strategic modeling techniques and their transformative impact across different business domains, from strategic management to IT systems planning and environmental impact. This series will reveal the potential of System Dynamics as a powerful tool for business innovation and complex decision-making.

Session 9

Critical Resource-Development With Dynamic Business Models

Overview

CEOs and other leaders understand the critical role that certain resources play in driving business development and performance – staff and their skills, strong products and services, valuable and loyal customers. They also know that developing and sustaining these factors is tough! This session explores how dynamic business models (DBMs) can capture resource pipelines in marketing, staffing, product development, and other staged business processes, and how DBMs can be used to plan, analyze, and manage these processes, for stronger business development and performance.

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Understand the stages through which business resources develop. 
  2. See how DBMs quantify and capture the dynamics of pipelines for customers, staff and other resources.
  3. Gain insights into how resource-development modeling can improve business development and performance.

Target Audience:

  • Marketing, HR, and product-development executives and analysts.
  • Business analysts, consultants and strategists wanting stronger models for business development and performance.
  • Academics and students interested in business strategy development and implementation.

This webinar aims to equip attendees with the knowledge to utilize dynamic business models for effective planning and management of crucial business development activities.

About the Presenter

Kim Warren is an accomplished strategist with a wealth of experience in the business world. He spent 10 years in senior strategy roles, including as Retail Strategy Director at Whitbread PLC. Warren then transitioned to academia, teaching Strategic Management at London Business School for two decades. During his tenure, he developed a keen interest in System Dynamics, finding traditional strategy tools insufficient for modern business challenges. This led him to embrace and adapt System Dynamics, creating the Strategy Dynamics method. Warren’s method focuses on designing and managing business systems dynamically to adapt to changing markets and internal business conditions. He has authored influential books on the subject, including “Competitive Strategy Dynamics” and “Strategic Management Dynamics,” and has been recognized with the prestigious Jay Wright Forrester Award from the International System Dynamics Society, where he also served as president in 2013. Warren, along with his partner Christina Spencer, has developed a range of learning materials and courses to disseminate the Strategy Dynamics method, utilizing the Silico online modeling app to support this approach.

For more detailed information, you can visit his website here

Dynamic Business Models in Systems Engineering

September 25 at 11 am NY | 4 pm London | 11 pm Beijing | Time Converter

This seminar is part of our special series System Dynamics for Business Innovation with Kim Warren. A series of nine webinars offering a deep dive into the application of System dynamics in Business. Throughout the sessions, we’ll explore strategic modeling techniques and their transformative impact across different business domains, from strategic management to IT systems planning and sustainable practices. This series aims to reveal the potential of System Dynamics as a powerful tool for business innovation and complex decision-making.

Session 8

Dynamic Business Models in Systems Engineering

Overview

Systems Engineering (SE) professionals develop, test and guide implementation of solutions to many business challenges, and have a strong body-of-knowledge for that work. The seminar will explore how dynamic business models can add to that capability and thus enhance its impact. It will focus on utilizing DBMs for designing, analyzing, and managing business systems, ensuring they align with business objectives and adapt to changing environments.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Learn how DBMs can support systems engineering initiatives.
  2. Understand the differences – and relationships – between common SE methods and quantified DBMS.
  3. Gain insights into managing business projects dynamically to improve business development and performance.

Target Audience:

  • Systems engineers and project managers wishing to extend their capabilities and contribution.
  • Business analysts, consultants and strategists interested in improving systems engineering efforts.
  • Academics and students in business and systems engineering.

This session is designed for professionals and academics in systems engineering and business, aiming to explore the intersection of these fields through dynamic business models.

Certificate of Attendance

Attendees who participate in at least 6 out of the 9 webinars in the series will be eligible to receive a certificate titled “Introduction to Dynamic Business Models.” This is an opportunity to gain recognition of your learning in this innovative field. For those who cannot attend live sessions, recordings will be available, allowing you to review the material and complete the series at your convenience

About the Presenter

Kim Warren is an accomplished strategist with a wealth of experience in the business world. He spent 10 years in senior strategy roles, including as Retail Strategy Director at Whitbread PLC. Warren then transitioned to academia, teaching Strategic Management at London Business School for two decades. During his tenure, he developed a keen interest in System Dynamics, finding traditional strategy tools insufficient for modern business challenges. This led him to embrace and adapt System Dynamics, creating the Strategy Dynamics method. Warren’s method focuses on designing and managing business systems dynamically to adapt to changing markets and internal business conditions. He has authored influential books on the subject, including “Competitive Strategy Dynamics” and “Strategic Management Dynamics,” and has been recognized with the prestigious Jay Wright Forrester Award from the International System Dynamics Society, where he also served as president in 2013. Warren, along with his partner Christina Spencer, has developed a range of learning materials and courses to disseminate the Strategy Dynamics method, utilizing the Silico online modeling app to support this approach.

For more detailed information, you can visit his website here.

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Strategic HR Planning with Dynamic Business Models

September 4 at 11 am NY | 4 pm London | 11 pm Beijing | Time Converter

This seminar is part of our special series System Dynamics for Business Innovation with Kim Warren. A series of nine webinars offering a deep dive into the application of System dynamics in Business. Throughout the sessions, we’ll explore strategic modeling techniques and their transformative impact across different business domains, from strategic management to IT systems planning and sustainable practices. This series aims to reveal the potential of System Dynamics as a powerful tool for business innovation and complex decision-making.

Session 7

Strategic Human Resources Planning with Dynamic Business Models

Companies often claim that staff are “their most important asset”, so need rigorous and powerful means to plan and manage the development of that asset. This session explores some core dynamic models for the staffing system, and shows how DBMs can enhance workforce planning, talent management, and the optimization of human capital.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the main model structures that capture how staff numbers, skills and experience develop and can be planned.
  • See how those people-systems feature in wider DBMs of business development and performance.
  • Learn techniques for data-driven workforce management and talent optimization.
  • Gain insights into enhancing HR decision-making through dynamic modeling.

Target Audience:

  • HR professionals and talent managers.
  • Business analysts, consultants, strategists and executives.
  • Professionals interested in people analytics and data-driven HR.
  • Academics and students in HR and business management fields.

This webinar aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the role of dynamic business models in human resource strategies and business performance.

About the Presenter

Kim Warren is an accomplished strategist with a wealth of experience in the business world. He spent 10 years in senior strategy roles, including as Retail Strategy Director at Whitbread PLC. Warren then transitioned to academia, teaching Strategic Management at London Business School for two decades. During his tenure, he developed a keen interest in System Dynamics, finding traditional strategy tools insufficient for modern business challenges. This led him to embrace and adapt System Dynamics, creating the Strategy Dynamics method. Warren’s method focuses on designing and managing business systems dynamically to adapt to changing markets and internal business conditions. He has authored influential books on the subject, including “Competitive Strategy Dynamics” and “Strategic Management Dynamics,” and has been recognized with the prestigious Jay Wright Forrester Award from the International System Dynamics Society, where he also served as president in 2013. Warren, along with his partner Christina Spencer, has developed a range of learning materials and courses to disseminate the Strategy Dynamics method, utilizing the Silico online modeling app to support this approach.

For more detailed information, you can visit his website here.

Dynamic Business Models for Integrated Reporting of Environmental and Social impacts

June 18 at 11 am NY | 4 pm London | 11 pm Beijing | Time Converter

This seminar is part of our special series System Dynamics for Business Innovation with Kim Warren. A series of nine webinars offering a deep dive into the application of System dynamics in Business. Throughout the sessions, we’ll explore strategic modeling techniques and their transformative impact across different business domains, from strategic management to IT systems planning and sustainable practices. This series aims to reveal the potential of System Dynamics as a powerful tool for business innovation and complex decision-making.

Session 6

Dynamic Business Models for Integrated Reporting of Environmental and Social Impacts

Companies are under ever-increasing pressure to both manage and report on their wider environmental and social impact, through ‘Integrated Reporting’, but the tools for this need are limited.  This webinar will demonstrate how dynamic business models (DBMs) can provide a more comprehensive view of a company’s impact, aligning sustainability efforts with business strategies.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand the essential requirements of Integrated Reporting of organizations’ environmental and social impact reporting.
  2. Understand how a dynamic business model can be extended to capture, rigorously, those wider impacts.
  3. See how such models help develop strategies for managing environmental and social impacts in business operations.

Target Audience:

  • Corporate leaders and sustainability officers.
  • Professionals in environmental and social governance (ESG) and CSR.
  • Business analysts, consultants and strategists interested in sustainable practices.
  • Academics and students in environmental studies and business management.

This session is aimed at those looking to improve their approach to sustainability and impact reporting through the application of dynamic business modeling techniques.

About the Presenter

Kim Warren is an accomplished strategist with a wealth of experience in the business world. He spent 10 years in senior strategy roles, including as Retail Strategy Director at Whitbread PLC. Warren then transitioned to academia, teaching Strategic Management at London Business School for two decades. During his tenure, he developed a keen interest in System Dynamics, finding traditional strategy tools insufficient for modern business challenges. This led him to embrace and adapt System Dynamics, creating the Strategy Dynamics method. Warren’s method focuses on designing and managing business systems dynamically to adapt to changing markets and internal business conditions. He has authored influential books on the subject, including “Competitive Strategy Dynamics” and “Strategic Management Dynamics,” and has been recognized with the prestigious Jay Wright Forrester Award from the International System Dynamics Society, where he also served as president in 2013. Warren, along with his partner Christina Spencer, has developed a range of learning materials and courses to disseminate the Strategy Dynamics method, utilizing the Silico online modeling app to support this approach.

For more detailed information, you can visit his website here.

Harnessing Intangible Business Factors with Dynamic Business Models

May 22 at 11 am NY | 4 pm London | 11 pm Beijing | Time Converter

This seminar is part of our special series System Dynamics for Business Innovation with Kim Warren. A series of nine webinars offering a deep dive into the application of System dynamics in Business. The sessions will explore strategic modeling techniques and their transformative impact across different business domains, from strategic management to IT systems planning and environmental impact. This series will reveal the potential of System Dynamics as a powerful tool for business innovation and complex decision-making.

Session 4

Harnessing Intangible Business Factors with Dynamic Business Models

This webinar explores how intangible  or ‘soft’ assets like reputation, skills, data and quality affect – and are affected by – the development of a business system and its performance. Participants will learn how dynamic business models (DBMs) can reliably specify, quantify and incorporate these often-overlooked elements into business-system models of any scope.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand the common types of intangible factors, and their role in business systems.
  2. Learn how intangibles can be specified, quantified and simulated as part of a DBM.
  3. See how strategies to leverage intangible assets for business growth and sustainability can be developed.

Target Audience:

  • Business analysts, consultants, strategists and decision-makers.
  • Professionals in marketing, HR, customer service, and product development.
  • Organizational development specialists.
  • Academics and students in business and management studies.

This webinar is designed for those seeking to deepen their understanding and practical application of DBMs in managing and leveraging intangible business factors.

Certificate of Attendance

Attendees who participate in at least 6 out of the 9 webinars in the series will be eligible to receive a certificate titled “Introduction to Dynamic Business Models.” This is an opportunity to gain recognition of your learning in this innovative field. For those who cannot attend live sessions, recordings will be available, allowing you to review the material and complete the series at your convenience

About the Presenter

Kim Warren is an accomplished strategist with a wealth of experience in the business world. He spent 10 years in senior strategy roles, including as Retail Strategy Director at Whitbread PLC. Warren then transitioned to academia, teaching Strategic Management at London Business School for two decades. During his tenure, he developed a keen interest in System Dynamics, finding traditional strategy tools insufficient for modern business challenges. This led him to embrace and adapt System Dynamics, creating the Strategy Dynamics method. Warren’s method focuses on designing and managing business systems dynamically to adapt to changing markets and internal business conditions. He has authored influential books on the subject, including “Competitive Strategy Dynamics” and “Strategic Management Dynamics,” and has been recognized with the prestigious Jay Wright Forrester Award from the International System Dynamics Society, where he also served as president in 2013. Warren, along with his partner Christina Spencer, has developed a range of learning materials and courses to disseminate the Strategy Dynamics method, utilizing the Silico online modeling app to support this approach.

For more detailed information, you can visit his website here.

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Leveraging Dynamic Business Models for Enterprise Architecture

April 18 at 11 am NY | 4 pm London | 11 pm Beijing | Time Converter

This seminar is part of our special series System Dynamics for Business Innovation with Kim Warren. A series of nine webinars offering a deep dive into the application of System dynamics in Business. The sessions will explore strategic modeling techniques and their transformative impact across different business domains, from strategic management to IT systems planning and environmental impact. This series will reveal the potential of System Dynamics as a powerful tool for business innovation and complex decision-making.

Session 4

Leveraging Dynamic Business Models for Enterprise Architecture

Creating “Enterprise Architectures” (EAs) has long been a solid basis for developing organizations’ IT strategies and plans. But qualitative EAs can be more reliable and powerful if supported by quantitative dynamic business models (DBMs). We will explore how DBMs can enhance the alignment of IT systems with business goals, improve resource allocation, and facilitate effective change management in the technological landscape of an organization.

Learning Outcomes

  • For newcomers to Enterprise Architectures, understand the essentials of how their process models support orgnizations’ IT strategies and plans.
  • Understand the differences – and strong connections – between EAs’ process models and quantified DBMs.
  • See how DBMs’ inherent validation can make building EAs faster and more reliable, and enhance implementation of IT systems plans.

Target Audience

  • IT professionals and systems architects.
  • Business analysts and consultants concerned with IT’s support for strategy and performance.
  • Managers overseeing IT infrastructure and development.
  • Students and academics in business fields.

This webinar is ideal for those looking to bridge the gap between business strategy and IT system architecture, leveraging dynamic modeling for alignment and efficiency.

Certificate of Attendance

Attendees who participate in at least 6 out of the 9 webinars in the series will be eligible to receive a certificate titled “Introduction to Dynamic Business Models.” This is an opportunity to gain recognition of your learning in this innovative field. For those who cannot attend live sessions, recordings will be available, allowing you to review the material and complete the series at your convenience

About the Presenter

Kim Warren is an accomplished strategist with a wealth of experience in the business world. He spent 10 years in senior strategy roles, including as Retail Strategy Director at Whitbread PLC. Warren then transitioned to academia, teaching Strategic Management at London Business School for two decades. During his tenure, he developed a keen interest in System Dynamics, finding traditional strategy tools insufficient for modern business challenges. This led him to embrace and adapt System Dynamics, creating the Strategy Dynamics method. Warren’s method focuses on designing and managing business systems dynamically to adapt to changing markets and internal business conditions. He has authored influential books on the subject, including “Competitive Strategy Dynamics” and “Strategic Management Dynamics,” and has been recognized with the prestigious Jay Wright Forrester Award from the International System Dynamics Society, where he also served as president in 2013. Warren, along with his partner Christina Spencer, has developed a range of learning materials and courses to disseminate the Strategy Dynamics method, utilizing the Silico online modeling app to support this approach.

For more detailed information, you can visit his website here.

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Dynamic Business Models for Dealing with Competition

March 20 at 11 am NY | 3 pm London | 11 pm Beijing | Time Converter

This seminar is part of our special series System Dynamics for Business Innovation with Kim Warren. A series of nine webinars offering a deep dive into the application of System dynamics in Business. The sessions will explore strategic modeling techniques and their transformative impact across different business domains, from strategic management to IT systems planning and environmental impact. This series will reveal the potential of System Dynamics as a powerful tool for business innovation and complex decision-making.

Session 3

Dynamic Business Models for Dealing with Competition

Overview

This session will introduce participants to the use of dynamic business models (DBMs) for understanding and dealing with competitive challenges and opportunities. The session will explain exactly how competition plays out over time, through three standard mechanisms – mechanisms that are easily explored with quantified diagramming and modeled in detail with digital-twin business models.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand, with a case example, the three standard mechanisms driving the outcomes of competitive interactions.
  • Appreciate how dynamic business models enable competitive strategies to be explored, under a range of scenarios.
  • Understand the differences in how competition works in different markets and at different stages of a market’s life.

Target Audience

  • Business professionals seeking powerful new knowledge in competitive strategy.
  • Managers and executives looking to understand and take control of both their general competitive strategy and of specific competitive initiatives.
  • Students and academics interested in business strategy and competitive analysis.

This webinar is designed to provide an introduction to dynamic business modeling in the context of business competition, suitable for those beginning to explore these concepts.

Certificate of Attendance

Attendees who participate in at least 6 out of the 9 webinars in the series will be eligible to receive a certificate titled “Introduction to Dynamic Business Models.” This is an opportunity to gain recognition of your learning in this innovative field. For those who cannot attend live sessions, recordings will be available, allowing you to review the material and complete the series at your convenience

About the Presenter

Kim Warren is an accomplished strategist with a wealth of experience in the business world. He spent 10 years in senior strategy roles, including as Retail Strategy Director at Whitbread PLC. Warren then transitioned to academia, teaching Strategic Management at London Business School for two decades. During his tenure, he developed a keen interest in System Dynamics, finding traditional strategy tools insufficient for modern business challenges. This led him to embrace and adapt System Dynamics, creating the Strategy Dynamics method. Warren’s method focuses on designing and managing business systems dynamically to adapt to changing markets and internal business conditions. He has authored influential books on the subject, including “Competitive Strategy Dynamics” and “Strategic Management Dynamics,” and has been recognized with the prestigious Jay Wright Forrester Award from the International System Dynamics Society, where he also served as president in 2013. Warren, along with his partner Christina Spencer, has developed a range of learning materials and courses to disseminate the Strategy Dynamics method, utilizing the Silico online modeling app to support this approach.

For more detailed information, you can visit his website here.

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