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A description and focus areas for each thread are provided below. When submitting your work, select the one to which it most closely belongs. Choosing accordingly improves the coherence and quality of the sessions.

Business and Strategy

Competitive Dynamics | Marketing | New Business Models | Project Management | Strategy Development

Features applications of System Dynamics in businesses and organizations including strategy development, profitability, marketing, competitive dynamics, product launches, project dynamics, and accounting.

Chairs: Brad Morrison, Nalini Sooknanan Pillay, Scott Rockart, Warren Farr and Yutaka Takahashi


Age and Ability | Equity and Inclusion | Gender and Sexuality | Racial Justice

Features applications of System Dynamics on topics such as gender, race or ethnicity, class, age and ability, etc.; racial justice work that addresses issues including, but not limited to, structural racism, interpersonal discrimination, or institutional bias; and submissions that demonstrate diverse experiences with System Dynamics.

Chairs: Inge Bleijenbergh, Irene Headen and Peter Hovmand


Business and Financial Organization | Economic Growth and Development | Equity and Income Distribution | Macroeconomics | Microeconomics

Features papers improving understanding of economic dynamics including macroeconomics, microeconomics, trade, business regulation, economic development, economic policy, insurance, and risk management.

Chairs: Len Malczynski, Oleg Pavlov and PJ Lamberson

Environment and Resources

Agriculture and Food | Air, Water, and Land Use | Climate Change | Ecology and Biodiversity | Energy and Fuels | Environmental Regulation | Pollution and Waste Management

Emphasizes dynamics of natural resource management and policy for the environment including food, water, energy and climate change, pollution, environmental laws and regulation, and ecology.

Chairs: Erling Moxnes, Josephine Musango, and Steve Peterson, and Todd BenDor


COVID-19 | Epidemiology | Health Disparities | Physiology | Population Health | Treatment and Disease Management

Applies System Dynamics to issues related to health and health care including health policy, health services research, population health, and physiology.

Chairs: Nasim Sabounchi, Niyousha Hosseinichimeh, Özge Karanfil, Saeideh Fallah-Fini, Tse Yang (TY) Lim, and Yaman Barlas

Learning and Teaching

Community Dissemination | Interactive Activities | Learning Experiments | Pedagogy and Curriculum

The manner in which system skills are taught and learned including pedagogy, learning experiments, curriculum development, workshop design, and interactive activities designed to be part of an educational experience.

Chairs: Ellis Ballard and Diana Fisher


Capacity Management | Project Management | Service Operations | Supply Chains | Workflow | Workforce Planning

Includes business and other process operations including capacity management, quality control, operations management, supply chains, workflow, queuing, and workforce planning.

Chairs: Burcu Tan Erciyes and Mark Heffernan


Artificial Intelligence | Graphical Presentation Formats | Hybrid Modeling Approaches | Model Analysis | Model Development | Qualitative Methods | Model Validation

Welcomes contributions to System Dynamics modeling and simulation including quantitative and qualitative aspects of model development, model analysis, validation, graphical presentation formats, computational techniques, and integration of System Dynamics with other approaches such as Artificial Intelligence and Predictive Analytics, among others.

Chairs: Billy Schoenberg, Jeroen Struben and Willem Auping

Psychology and Human Behavior

Cognitive Science | Community Development | Historical Dynamics | Organizational Behavior | Social Psychology | Social-Environmental Decision-Making

Explores the dynamics within and between social groups, including social environments or individual psychological factors, and spanning families, organizations, and societies.

Chairs: Hesam Mahmoudi and Pascal Gambardella

Public Policy

Equity and Justice | Governance | Infrastructure | Political Science | Social Welfare | Urban Dynamics

Covers issues including governance, social welfare, equity, justice, political science, urban dynamics, and infrastructure.

Chairs: Andrew Brown, Karim Chichakly, Lindsey Zimmerman, and Rod MacDonald 

Stakeholder Engagement

Community Outreach | Group Model Building | Participatory Activities

Emphasizes engaging and influencing stakeholders through participatory activities such as group model building, facilitation, facilitated modeling, games, and management flight simulators, with emphasis on assessing the impact of the engagement.

Chairs: Etiënne Rouwette, Hugo Herrera, and Kelsey Werner

Security, Stability, and Resilience

Conflict, Defense, and Military | Crime and Policing | Cybersecurity and Disinformation | Disaster Management | Food-Energy-Water Security

Investigates issues related to security, stability, and resilience, including defense, social and international conflict, military operations, insurgency, counterinsurgency, cybersecurity, disinformation, safety, disaster management, peace engineering, justice, (financial and economic) crime, policing, incarceration, socioeconomic inequality, and food-energy-water security.

Chairs: Ignacio Martinez-Moyano and Saeed Langarudi

Transport and Mobility

Accessibility and Equity | Decarbonization and Sustainability | Freight and Logistics | Infrastructure Planning and Policy Design | New Technologies and Services | Non-Car and Multi-Modal Transport | Public Health and Traffic Safety

Covers all aspects of transportation systems and mobility, including transport and urban planning policies; new services, technologies, or business models; decarbonization and sustainable mobility; transport and health; and freight and logistics.

Chairs: Astrid Gühnemann and Sergey Naumov

Program Committee

Program Chairs: Hazhir Rahmandad, Mohammad Jalali (MJ), Susan Howick

Workshop Chairs: James Paine, Mariana Torres

Thread Chairs: TBD

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