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With a little help from our friends: how system dynamics and 'soft' OR can learn from each other

Lane, David C. (1994) With a little help from our friends: how system dynamics and 'soft' OR can learn from each other. System Dynamics Review, 10 (2-3). pp. 101-134. ISSN 0883-7066

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Identification Number: 10.1002/sdr.4260100203


At its inception, the paradigm of system dynamics was deliberately made distinct from that of OR. Yet developments in soft OR now have much in common with current system dynamics modeling practice. This article briefly traces the parallel development of system dynamics and soft OR, and argues that a dialogue between the two would be mutually rewarding. To support this claim, examples of soft OR tools are described along with some of the field's philosophical grounding and current issues. Potential benefits resulting from a dialogue are explored, with particular emphasis on the methodological framework of system dynamics and the need for a comple-mentarist approach. The article closes with some suggestions on how to begin learning from the links between the two fields.

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Additional Information: © 1994 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Sets: Research centres and groups > Managerial Economics and Strategy Group
Research centres and groups > Management Science Group
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2008 15:21
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2019 06:23

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