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MIT System Dynamics Seminar | Institutional Ensembles and Cultural Institutional Capacity

Please visit the MIT System Dynamics Seminars page for more information.

You are invited to attend the System Dynamics Seminar being held on Friday, October 13th from 1:00-2:30pm EST (please note the time change) in the Jay W. Forrester conference room, E62-450, or via Zoom: https://mit.zoom.us/j/98105285349 (Password: SDFA23). Our guest speaker will be Scott E. Page (University of Michigan) presenting Institutional Ensembles and Cultural Institutional Capacity (see abstract and brief bio below, announcement and paper attached). Lunch will be provided to those attending in person and a reminder email will be sent out closer to the date.

If you would also like to schedule a 30-minute 1:1 meeting with him before or after the seminar, please fill out the following Doodle poll by COB Friday, October 6th and I will confirm times and location with a calendar invite: https://doodle.com/meeting/participate/id/dPYN5qAe. Please notify me if you need to meet over Zoom instead.

Abstract 

We construct a series of models within a systems framework to analyze the interdependence between a society’s composition of institutions and its cultural-institutional capacity: the knowledge, behaviors, beliefs, norms, and networks that enables institutions to operate. In our models, a society selects a mixture of institutions of various types to allocate resources and take actions. These include markets, hierarchies, democracies, community-based institutions, or even algorithms. These institutional choices contribute to the production of cultural-institutional capacity, and, conversely, cultural-institutional capacity influences how well each institutional type performs. Cultural-institutional capacity building can be self-reinforcing. Markets can produce greater capacity for markets. It can also be generic and improve all institutional types. Neither of these forms of capacity building necessarily produces efficient ensembles of institutions. Paradoxically, systems with both forms can result in the collapse of an institutional type that builds generic capacity.

About the Presenter

Scott E. Page is the John Seely Brown Distinguished University Professor of Complexity, Social Science, and Management at the University of Michigan, and the Williamson family Professor of Business Administration, professor of management and organizations, Stephen M. Ross School of Business; professor of political science, professor of complex systems, and professor of economics, LSA. In 2011, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Read more here.

MIT System Dynamics Seminar | A Replication Study of Operations Management Experiments in Management Science

Please visit the MIT System Dynamics Seminars page for more information.

You are invited to attend the System Dynamics Seminar being held on Friday, October 6th from 12:30-2:00pm EST in the Jay W. Forrester conference room, E62-450, or via Zoom: https://mit.zoom.us/j/98105285349 (Password: SDFA23). Our guest speaker will be Jordan Tong (Wisconsin School of Business) presenting A Replication Study of Operations Management Experiments in Management Science (see abstract and brief bio below, announcement and paper attached). Lunch will be provided to those attending in person and a reminder email will be sent out closer to the date.

If you would also like to schedule a 30-minute 1:1 meeting with him before or after the seminar, please fill out the following Doodle poll by COB Friday, September 29th and I will confirm times and location with a calendar invite: https://doodle.com/meeting/participate/id/dR1Wz7Eb. Please notify me if you need to meet over Zoom instead.

Abstract 

Over the last two decades, researchers in operations management have increasingly leveraged laboratory experiments to identify key behavioral insights. These experiments inform behavioral theories of operations management, impacting domains including inventory, supply chain management, queuing, forecasting, and sourcing. Yet, until now, the replicability of most behavioral insights from these laboratory experiments has been untested. We remedy this with the first large-scale replication study in operations management. With the input of the wider operations management community, we identify 10 prominent experimental operations management papers published in Management Science, which span a variety of domains, to be the focus of our replication effort. For each paper, we conduct a high-powered replication study of the main results across multiple locations using original materials (when available and suitable). In addition, our study tests replicability in multiple modalities (in-person and online) due to laboratory closures during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our replication study contributes new knowledge about the robustness of several key behavioral theories in operations management and contributes more broadly to efforts in the operations management field to improve research transparency and reliability.

About the Presenter

Jordan Tong is the Wisconsin Naming Partners Professor and Professor in the Department of Operations and Information Management at the Wisconsin School of Business.

Professor Tong’s research primarily employs mathematical modeling and experimental methods to investigate questions in operations management, analytics, and behavioral science. His research focuses on examining how human cognitive limitations interact with broader system dynamics to inform operations design. He has published in journals such as Management Science, Operations Research, Psychological Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, and Production and Operations Management. He is currently an Associate Editor at Management Science and a Senior Editor at Production & Operations Management.

Professor Tong has taught undergraduate and Master’s-level courses in Operations Management, Operations Analytics, Supply Chain Management, Modeling & Optimization for Business Analytics, and the Psychology of Business Analytics. He received his PhD in Operations Management from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and his BA in Mathematics from Pomona College.

 

MIT System Dynamics Seminar | Relative versus Absolute Aspirations

Please visit the MIT System Dynamics Seminars page for more information.

Attend the System Dynamics Seminar being held next Friday, September 29th from 12:30-2:00 pm EST in the Jay W. Forrester conference room, E62-450, or via Zoom: https://mit.zoom.us/j/98105285349 (Password: SDFA23). Our guest speaker will be Jerker Denrell (University of Warwick) presenting Relative versus Absolute Aspirations (see abstract and brief bio below, announcement attached). Lunch will be provided to those attending in person.

If you would also like to schedule a 30-minute 1:1 meeting with him before or after the seminar, please fill out the following Doodle poll by COB tomorrow, September 22nd and I will confirm times and location with a calendar invite: https://doodle.com/meeting/participate/id/eg2g48rd. Please notify me if you need to meet over Zoom instead.

Abstract 

Aspirations impact when managers search for new alternatives. Therefore, their level and adjustment to environmental conditions have important performance consequences. Past research has shown that higher aspiration leads to higher performance unless the environment is turbulent. When conditions can change quickly, long periods of search may not pay off. Using a simple and analytically tractable model, we show that when aspirations are defined in relative terms (being better than others), we get the opposite result: higher aspirations lead to higher performance. These contrasting outcomes are the result of externalities generated by relative aspirations: improvements by one agent can leave others unsatisfied. Our findings have interesting implications for goal setting for individuals and populations.

About the Presenter

Jerker Denrell grew up in Sweden, studied management, economics, philosophy and also some mathematics. He wrote a dissertation on game theory at Stockholm School of Economics but was converted by James March to think about learning and decision-making from a more behavioural perspective. He started his career at Stockholm School of Economics, worked at Stanford Business School, University of Oxford, and is now at University of Warwick. Jerker’s research focuses on learning processes and their implications. Instead of examining whether biases exist in how people process information, he has examined how the sample of experiences available to people can lead to systematic biases in choices and judgment. He also has a keen interest in how randomness impacts our lives and fortunes and how stochastic processes can explain what appears as regularities.

 

2024 International System Dynamics Conference

 

The International System Dynamics Conference is an annual event where people from all over the world interested in the practice of System Dynamics and systems thinking gather. Now in its 42nd year, the Conference appeals to audiences across industry and academia. These conferences introduce newcomers to the field, keep practitioners aware of current developments, and provide unparalleled networking opportunities. Participants come from businesses, universities, K-12 education, not-for-profits, government, consulting, the healthcare sector, and beyond. The ISDC2024 will be a hybrid event, with virtual access for all attendees and opportunities for authors to present work virtually or in Bergen.

 

LIVE tickets include:

  • Access to the full program in Bergen, including workshops
  • Catered lunch and break-time food
  • Entry to the Banquet event
  • Access to all session recordings until Sep 30, 2024

ONLINE tickets include:

  • Access to the full program, including plenaries, parallel sessions, virtual workshops, and roundtables.
  • Access to all recordings until September 30, 2023.

Location

The 2024 Conference will take place at the Scandic Bergen City Hotel, a comfortable and well-equipped hotel at the heart of the beautiful city.

Moo-Hyuk Lee on “Examining Outmigration in South Korea from the Patients’ and Providers’ Perspective: A System Dynamics Approach”

Please join us online Friday, October 27th 11AM ET (Boston time. Here is a time converter). In this Collective Learning Meeting (CLM), WPI System Dynamics will host Moo-Hyuk Lee (mooohyuk@gmail.com) who will present

Examining Outmigration in South Korea from the Patients’ and Providers’ Perspective: A System Dynamics Approach

Short Description: This presentation delves into our ongoing work on patient outmigration in South Korea. Outmigration, a characteristic phenomenon of the South Korean health system, refers to patients bypassing local hospitals and traveling further to Seoul (the capital city of South Korea) to receive treatment. To unravel the dynamic mechanisms driving outmigration, we designed a causal loop diagram which examined this phenomenon from the patients’ and providers’ perspective. At its simplest level, decrease in objective quality of the provincial hospitals induces the increase in outmigration through the decrease of perceived quality, which then results in quality deterioration by discouraging healthcare providers from working in provincial areas, forming a vicious cycle and reducing trust towards the healthcare system. An early stage of this model was presented at the Student-Organized Colloquium (SOC) of the International System Dynamics Conference (ISDC) in July 2023.

Question(s) for the Audience: I seek general feedback on each aspect of the causal loop diagram. I would also like to get insights on what to do next in order to continuously develop the model.

Biography: I am a master’s student in Health Policy and Management in Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea. My undergraduate major was in medicine. I am interested in the use of complex systems approach in healthcare, with prior experiences in agent-based modeling. Since I am relatively new to system dynamics, I would like this presentation to be a valuable opportunity for improving and refining my work. www.linkedin.com/in/moohyuklee001

Recording: We will record this presentation. Moo-Hyuk will share it by request.

If you are interested in presenting your work, please contact Christine Tang (ctang@wpi.edu).

System Dynamics for Beginners – Hands-on Training

System Dynamics for Beginners – Hands-on Training

The Nigerian Chapter of the System Dynamics Society is putting together some seminars to teach system dynamics to beginners across different walks of life. We started with System Dynamics Building Blocks for Beginners (click here to watch the recording).

The seminars will try to address specific, real-life issues and are designed to be easy for anyone to follow. The context and case studies (including models) will reference topics relevant to Nigeria and as such will capture some of the uniqueness of the Nigerian context. However, they can be applied to other countries.

If are you interested in learning how to build simple system dynamics models, participate in group model building, or understand the feedback structures of essential systems, then these seminar events are for you.

DESCRIPTION

This seminar is a follow up on previous series which are available here. This event will be practical and require laptop computers.
The session will take you step by step on how to address specific, real-life issues. You will among other things learn about stocks, flows, and converters, systems thinking, how to build simple system dynamics models, participate in group model building, and understand the feedback structures of systems.

Relevant software can be got from links below

ABOUT THE NIGERIAN CHAPTER

The objectives of the Nigerian Chapter of the System Dynamics Society

  • Developing and encouraging educational programs that promote systems thinking at all levels of education in Nigeria.
  • Promoting the development of the field of System Dynamics that will enhance the free interchange of learnings, ideas and meaningful research in all related fields.
  • Identifying, extending and unifying knowledge contributes to understanding feedback systems in Nigeria and Africa.
  • Becoming a body of knowledge in the development of models to help Nigerian public and private institutions.
  • Becoming a significant training centre with the mandate to spread systems thinking and system dynamics education across all the states in Nigeria.

To contact the Nigerian chapter, please send an email to nigerian@systemdynamics.org or visit our page.

To watch previous seminar recordings, you can visit our YouTube playlist. Make sure to subscribe and click the notification button so you are notified when we share a new video.

System Dynamics for Beginners – Resources Planning & Management

System Dynamics for Beginners – Resources Planning and Management

The Nigerian Chapter of the System Dynamics Society is putting together some seminars to teach system dynamics to beginners across different walks of life. We started with System Dynamics Building Blocks for Beginners (click here to watch the recording).

The seminars will try to address specific, real-life issues and are designed to be easy for anyone to follow. The context and case studies (including models) will reference topics relevant to Nigeria and as such will capture some of the uniqueness of the Nigerian context. However, they can be applied to other countries.

If are you interested in learning how to build simple system dynamics models, participate in group model building, or understand the feedback structures of essential systems, then these seminar events are for you.

 

DESCRIPTION

In this fourth seminar, Prof. Titus Kehinde Olaniyi will be presenting on System Dynamics for Beginners – Resources Planning and Management.

Note: This seminar will be hands-on. Make sure to join with your laptop to practice.

Details of the seminar can be found on the flyer.

Make sure to RSVP and add the event to your calendar. Click the “Join the Meeting” button on this page to join the Zoom room when it is time.

 

ABOUT THE NIGERIAN CHAPTER

The objectives of the Nigerian Chapter of the System Dynamics Society

  • Developing and encouraging educational programs that promote systems thinking at all levels of education in Nigeria.
  • Promoting the development of the field of System Dynamics that will enhance the free interchange of learnings, ideas and meaningful research in all related fields.
  • Identifying, extending and unifying knowledge contributes to understanding feedback systems in Nigeria and Africa.
  • Becoming a body of knowledge in the development of models to help Nigerian public and private institutions.
  • Becoming a significant training centre with the mandate to spread systems thinking and system dynamics education across all the states in Nigeria.

To contact the Nigerian chapter, please send an email to nigerian@systemdynamics.org or visit our page.

To watch previous seminar recordings, you can visit our YouTube playlist. Make sure to subscribe and click the notification button so you are notified when we share a new video.

Book Signing & Book Swap at ISDC 2023

Book Signing & Book Swap at ISDC 2023

Learn about their books directly from the authors!

Don’t miss out! Several book authors will join us at the Book Signing event at ISDC 2023. This event will be held live at the conference in Chicago, on Tuesday, July 25 at 12:15 pm CDT.

If you are an author of books related to System Dynamics or systems thinking, join us at the event!

 

Buy, sell, and exchange books

Do you have System Dynamics books that are accumulating dust on your shelf? Might other academics and practitioners in the field be interested in reading them?

Conference attendees are welcome to bring their new and used books to buy, sell, and exchange during this Book Swap event at ISDC.

 

Free shipping on Society books and games to pick up at ISDC

During the month of June, we’ll be providing free shipping coupons for LIVE conference attendees.

Pick up your products* at ISDC during the Book Signing & Book Swap event.

*Promotion only applies to the following specific Society publications, games, and replacement parts for games. Coupon code must be applied at checkout.

GAMES

BOOKS

Members get a 10% discount on all Society publications. Join now!

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6th Annual System Dynamics Competition by the South Africa System Dynamics Chapter

System Dynamics Competition

CORRECT TIME: 2 PM CENTRAL EUROPE

The System Dynamics Society’s South Africa Chapter is hosting a System Dynamics Competition that offers participants the opportunity to learn new modeling skills directly from experts, collaborate with others, and win prizes! The competition is suitable for beginners, whether or not they have experience.

System dynamics is increasingly essential as humanity faces increasingly complex challenges. System dynamics integrates various fields through systems thinking and mathematical computer-based simulations, improving decision-making and forging systemic solutions rather than symptomatic fixes.

This year’s competition is unique in that participants will receive a small, working simulation and will expand its structure to derive non-intuitive insights. The competition will run for three weeks, with meetings on Saturdays. There are three streams to choose from, and participants can join one, two, or all three:

  1. Fishery Industry – Exploring Fish Banks (15 April to 6 May 2023)
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  3. Pollution in Hydrological Systems – Streamco-Flows (12 August to 2 September 2023)

At the end of each stream, judges will award a prize, and an overall prize will be awarded at the end of the competition. We encourage all interested parties to join the competition, expand their modeling skills, and contribute to advancing the field of system dynamics.

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2023 Cornell University International Systems Thinking Conference

Cornell University is excited to invite you to attend the 2023 International Cornell University Systems Thinking Conference. The conference is being held virtually (LIVE ONLINE) on May 11-12, 2023 from 9 am to 5:00 pm EST. You can learn more about each of our featured speakers and panels here.

This conference is for novices and experts alike, and there is no charge for attendance. A wide range of topics will be covered, from complexity to leadership to sustainability, among others.

If you cannot make the conference live, sign up and you will be sent recordings of the talks after the conference has concluded. Please feel free to let others know about the conference on social media. There are suggested captions and images available here for you to post.

For more information visit: blogs.cornell.edu/systemsthinking/2023-conference/