Special Issue "Theory and Practice in System Dynamics Modelling"

A special issue of Systems (ISSN 2079-8954).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Vladimír Bureš

Department of Information Technologies, Faculty of Informatics and Management, University of Hradec Králové, Rokitanského 62, 50003 Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
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Interests: systems engineering; system dynamics; information management; knowledge management; theory of systems; business informatics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

System dynamics has reached its seventh decade of existence. During the previous six decades, it has helped to improve our understanding of the world around us in various domains, such as business, economics, environment, health, human behavior, information and knowledge management, public policy, security, strategic decision-making, and learning and teaching. System dynamics applies to dynamic problems arising in complex social, economic, biological, ecological, or even technical systems. Literally, any system characterized by interdependence, mutual interaction of its parts, feedbacks with embedded non-linearity, delays, or circular causality, are subjects of interest. The field developed initially from the work of Jay W. Forrester, focused on industrial dynamics. However, nowadays, system dynamics represents a methodological approach, for which tools and techniques have already been developed and applied by academicians, consultants, practitioners, educators, managers or policy makers. Together with significant results in particular fields, growing interest in system dynamics also brings challenges related to the research and application of related tools.  This Special Issue invites papers covering a broad range of topics, ranging from methodological issues to application case studies. We will accept papers for peer review in the following areas of interest:

  • Case studies from various domains based on robust and strict methodology
  • Analysis of feedback loops
  • Comparative analysis with other modelling approaches
  • Computer simulations
  • Identification of generic structures or system archetypes
  • Advances of system dynamics methods and tools for more appropriate analysis of system behavior
  • Issues related to modelling and simulation of hard or soft systems
  • Strategies and procedures applicable in modelling and simulations
  • Application of systems thinking in practice
  • Capturing of dynamics in mental models
  • Teaching and learning of system dynamics
  • Software packages for system dynamics modelling

Dr. Vladimír Bureš
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • System dynamics
  • Simulation and modelling
  • Mental model
  • Feedback loop
  • Hard and soft systems
  • System structure and behavior
  • Stock-and-flow diagram
  • Causal-loop diagram
  • System dynamics software packages

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Open AccessArticle Veterinary Telemedicine: A System Dynamics Case Study
Systems 2018, 6(1), 6; doi:10.3390/systems6010006
Received: 5 December 2017 / Revised: 8 February 2018 / Accepted: 11 February 2018 / Published: 15 February 2018
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Veterinary telemedicine has existed since the late 1990s. Various scholars have predicted its growth, others its decline. We constructed a system dynamics model of a veterinary telemedicine company providing services in one specialty in the industry. The model showed that severe shortages of
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Veterinary telemedicine has existed since the late 1990s. Various scholars have predicted its growth, others its decline. We constructed a system dynamics model of a veterinary telemedicine company providing services in one specialty in the industry. The model showed that severe shortages of specialists would limit growth in that, even with extensive marketing efforts. This limitation is likely to hold in other aspects of veterinary telemedicine. The paper concludes with recommendations for the company and the industry. Full article
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Open AccessConcept Paper How to Disable Mortal Loops of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Implementation: A System Dynamics Analysis
Systems 2018, 6(1), 3; doi:10.3390/systems6010003
Received: 7 November 2017 / Revised: 2 January 2018 / Accepted: 11 January 2018 / Published: 16 January 2018
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Successful Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) implementation depends upon various factors known as critical success factors (CSFs). This study developed a system dynamics model of ERP implementation based on CSFs to discuss ERP implementation complexities, which identifies the effect of CSF interrelations on different
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Successful Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) implementation depends upon various factors known as critical success factors (CSFs). This study developed a system dynamics model of ERP implementation based on CSFs to discuss ERP implementation complexities, which identifies the effect of CSF interrelations on different aspects of ERP project failure. Based on the model hypothesis, CSF interrelations include many causal loop dependencies. Some of these causal loops are called mortal loops, because they may cause the failure of risk reduction efforts to a more severe failure in effect of lack of system thinking on CSFs interrelations. This study discusses how system thinking works as a leverage point for overcoming ERP implementation challenges. Full article
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