Tag Archives: system dynamics

The Dynamics of Our Relationship with Money

We have been studying newly emerging agreements about money that are shifting human behavior in fundamental ways at a societal level. Based on our study of a number of authors on the topic of money, this paper seeks to synthesize their perspectives and to explore the dynamics of newly emerging systems of societal relationships at […]

Shifting the Fundamental Dynamics of Poverty

People in Guatemala – smart people – were working harder, hiring brighter people, raising more money, doing better projects, and get- ting improved results. And yet, what they sought to eliminate—poverty— was getting worse. So, we asked what we thought was a relatively straightfor- ward question: “Do you understand the fundamental dynamics of poverty?” As […]

A Simulation Exercise to Illustrate the Impact of an Enterprise System on a Service Supply Chain

In this paper, we present a computer-based simulation exercise designed to help students understand the impact of an enterprise system on business performance in a service supply chain. The particular service supply chain simulated in the exercise is a wireless telecommunications firm.  In this exercise, students perform simulations to experience managing the supply chain of […]

Managing the Global to Local Paradox

When reflecting on why certain systems behave the way they do, we regularly look for patterns of conflict among strategic resources within the organization.  Strategic resources are those resources that management knows are important to the survival and long-term health of the organization.  This conflict among strategic resources often seems to be due in great […]

Designing High-leverage Strategies and Tactics

Shingo’s breakthrough improves the way strategy researchers and managers talk about and design high-leverage strategies and tactics. Seeing production as a concatenated net of operations and processes not only negates the dysfunctional effects of Anthony’s paradigm, but also leads to a framework for strategic management (SM) as a well-specified net of strategies and tactics that […]

Balanced Scorecards, Mental Models, and Organizational Performance

Organizations are heavily investing in enterprise-wide information systems and performance scorecards intended to improve strategic decision making. However, there is a need for better evidence that using these technologies systematically improves organizational performance. To overcome the lack of experimental control when studying real firms, the current study investigates decision behavior within a realistic simulation of […]

Managing from Clarity: Identifying, Aligning and Leveraging Strategic Resources

In searching for the organizational ‘magic’ that makes some businesses thrive and other fail, management gurus, academic seers and business leaders strive to articulate a single reason for success. Managers are then faced with analyzing numerous findings and trying to integrate the best elements from each view that makes sense to them. Managing from Clarity […]

Toward a Dynamic Theory of Antibiotic Resistance

Many common bacterial pathogens have become increasingly resistant to the antibiotics used to treat them. The evidence suggests that the essential cause of the problem is the extensive and often inappropriate use of antibiotics, a practice that encourages the proliferation of resistant mutant strains of bacteria while suppressing the susceptible strains. However, it is not […]

Breaking Down Functional Blinders: A Systemic View of the Organizational Map

A manager of a capital equipment manufacturer once said, “We never realized how strong our functional blinders were. We get so into our own part of the business, we don’t even realize how we affect other groups.” This two-part series of articles describes a process called the Systemic View of the Organizational Map (SVOM).  SVOM builds on systems archetypes to help you assess […]