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Business and Strategy

Competitive Dynamics | Marketing | New Business Models | Product Development | 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: Scott Rockart, Warren Farr, and Nalini Sooknanan Pillay

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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

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

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

Chairs: Oleg Pavlov and Muhammad Azeem Yureshi

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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: Todd BenDor, Josephine Musango, and Bobby Jeffers

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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: David Lounsbury, Niyousha Hosseinichimeh, Nasim Sabounchi, and Danielle Currie

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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, Diana Fisher and Ed Gallaher

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Capacity Management | Project Management | Quality Control | 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, Ed Anderson and Mark Heffernan

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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: Yutaka Takahashi, Billy Schoenberg, and Willem Auping

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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: Camilo Olaya, Dana Polojärvi, and Pascal Gambardella

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Public Policy

COVID-19 | 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: Rod MacDonald, Karim Chichakly, Lindsey Zimmerman, and Andrew Brown

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Stakeholder Engagement

Community Outreach | Games and Flight Simulators | 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: Susan Howick, Kelsey Werner and Hugo Herrera

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Security, Stability, and Resilience

Conflict, Defense, and Military | Crime and Policing | Cybersecurity and Disinformation | Disaster Management | Food-Energy-Water Security | Rule of Law and Social Resilience

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, Saeed Langarudi, and Kelsey Buchanan

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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: Gillian Harrison, Jeroen Struben and Astrid Guehnemann 

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