Systems Thinking: Looking beyond isolated incidents to find deeper patterns.
What is System Dynamics?
System Dynamics is a way of thinking – a paradigm – that looks at the whole, the parts, and the interconnections between these elements. It is a method for facilitating learning, integrating theories and “discovering the unobvious.”
System Dynamics is a toolset for identifying high-leverage intervation points and enabling risk-free experimentation through simulation.
System Dynamics Advantages
System Dynamics is an approach to understanding the behaviour of complex systems over time. System Dynamics is distinct from other analytical approaches. It helps to articulate influences that drive the behaviour of a system over time. This approach allows us to conceptualize scenarios, test theories and identify options for solving problems, overcoming challenges and ultimately changing the behaviour of a system.
System Dynamics helps us:
- See the patterns that drive events
- Change the thinking that led to the problem in the first place
- See more, further. With wider and diverse perspectives, we can see exactly what is happening and then take appropriate actions
Using System Dynamics, we can:
- Understand and analyze risk
- Design better strategies
- Develop more effective project plans
- Accelerate collective learning about potential behaviour and impacts of complex systems
- Model and test policy and program design options
- Analyze and improve business processes
- Understand program performance and sustainability
- Facilitate constructive dialogue among stakeholders
- Lead to strategic decisions that are realistically framed and more likely to accomplish their objectives
- Allow for an understanding of the whole rather than relying on reductionism and band-aid thinking
- Offer more realistic, integrated, sophisticated, and transparent approaches to business analysis
- Build broad understanding and consensus regarding policies and processes