System dynamics modelling is a process in which a model builder works with managers to achieve one of two things
To build scenarios for the future
To understand problematic organisational and systemic structures
In both of these cases, the computer simulation model that is built is designed to give the managers of better idea of the way their organisation will perform in the future in much that aeronautical engineers test an aeroplane in a wind tunnel.
The process that the model builder takes managers through is as follows:
The next page demonstrates how a System Dynamics model is built