System Dynamics Methods: A Quick Introduction
This 125 page set of notes provides a quick introduction to system dynamics
methods using business examples. Vensim notation is used, and free versions of
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- Preface and Table of Contents (preface.pdf, (38,511 bytes)
- Chapter 1: System Behavior and Causal Loop Diagrams (ch-1.pdf, 677,333 bytes)
- Chapter 2: A Modeling Approach (ch-2.pdf, 89,292 bytes)
- Chapter 3: Simulation of Business Processes (ch-3.pdf, 116,032 bytes)
- Chapter 4: Basic Feedback Structures (ch-4.pdf, 178,791 bytes)
- Chapter 5: Developing a Model (ch-5.pdf, 236,413 bytes)
- Chapter 6: Delays, Smoothing, and Averaging (ch-6.pdf, 129,826 bytes)
- Chapter 7: Representing Decision Processes (ch-7.pdf, 201,571 bytes)
- Chapter 8: Nonlinearities (ch-8.pdf, 134,850 bytes)
- Chapter 9: Initial Conditions (ch-9.pdf, 112,872 bytes)
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Last updated January 12, 2013.