System dynamics: A tool for designing and analysing complex processes

Jean-Peter Ylén, Vesa Hölttä

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientific


In recent times there has been a lot of interest on system dynamics modelling, a concept first introduced by MIT professor J. W. Forrester in the 1950s. The increase of computing power and advance of computers has enabled the analysis and simulation of many large scale systems. There are several commercial tools with easy-to-use graphical user interfaces available in the field of system dynamics. These commercial tools are briefly discussed in this paper. In addition to describing the tools, this paper gives a short introduction to system dynamics models and their capabilities with simple examples.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-31
JournalSimulation News Europe
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007
MoE publication typeB1 Article in a scientific magazine


  • system dynamics
  • system thinking, strategy
  • nonlinear
  • simulation


Dive into the research topics of 'System dynamics: A tool for designing and analysing complex processes'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this