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Foundations of O.R: System Dynamics (London)

  Ref. 420  
  Martin Kunc
  8 September 2016, London
  £575 + VAT Members
  £625 + VAT Non-members


   Foundation NA

GORS London Courses

The purpose of the series of ‘Foundations of O.R.’ courses is to help practitioners to understand the role of Operational Research in management; understand the requirements for successful Operational Research interventions; have knowledge of a range of Operational Research techniques; be able to identify the suitability of a technique for a problem situation and be able to apply those techniques.

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Foundations of O.R: System Dynamics

The purpose of this day is to develop a critical and practical understanding of System Dynamics methods with a focus on qualitative and quantitative system dynamics practice.

The objectives for the day are to:

  • Understand the basic principles of system dynamics and its modelling process.
  • Learn how to do qualitative system dynamics through the development of causal loop diagrams.
  • Practice causal loop diagrams.
  • Learn how to develop a quantitative system dynamics model.
  • Critically discuss the advantages, limitations and practical application of System Dynamics.

The topics covered during the day are:

  • System Dynamics modelling process
  • Feedback processes
  • Causal Loop Diagram and Group Model Building.
  • Stocks and Flow Modelling
  • Development of a small System Dynamics Model
  • Rehearsing scenarios using System Dynamics
  • Principles for successful use of System Dynamics and applications in diverse problems

PRE-READING FOR THIS COURSE: You need to read Chapter 7 from the book “Supporting Strategy: Frameworks, Models and Methods” edited by Frances O’Brien and Robert Dyson.


09.00 - 09.30   Welcome and Introduction to System Dynamics

09.30 - 10.30   System Dynamics Modelling Process
                         Qualitative System Dynamics

10.30 - 11.00   Break

11.00 - 12.00   Exercise: Application of Qualitative System Dynamics in Healthcare Systems

12.00 - 13.00   Quantitative System Dynamics

13.00 - 14.00   Lunch

14.00 - 15.30   Quantitative System Dynamics
                         Exercise: Modelling Healthcare Systems

15.30 - 1600   Break

16.00 - 17.00   Advantages, limitations and practical application of System Dynamics

Course Tutor

Dr. Martin Kunc is Associate Professor of Management Science at Warwick Business School. His areas of research is System Dynamics modelling and its application in scenarios and strategic decision making in diverse areas such as healthcare, professional firms, performance measurement systems. He has projects with Department of Health, Centre for Workforce Modelling, Generics Medicine Association among different firms both private and public.

If you are interested in further information, have any requirements (e.g. an alternative course date), or have difficulty booking a course online then please contact Jennie Phelps. It is recommended that courses are booked online. If this is not possible, then please print off, fill and fax or post the Training Course Booking Form.

Jennie Phelps   Address:  The OR Society, Seymour House, 12 Edward Street, Birmingham, B1 2RX, UK
  Tel: +44 (0)121 233 9300
  Fax: +44 (0)121 233 0321