The 2021 Conference of the System Dynamics Society


The Annual System Dynamics Conference invites papers presenting quantitative and rigorous qualitative work on dynamic problems emphasizing feedback structure and the manner in which it generates behavior. System Dynamics is, by its nature, cross-disciplinary but the classification of papers into threads, some methods based and some systems based, improves conference session organization. Within each thread, we welcome different analytic and computational approaches beyond stock and flow modeling, including discrete event and agent-based modeling with a focus on system behavior.

Threads are used to organize material submitted to the conference. Each thread has two Thread Chairs (shown in parentheses) who are responsible for reviewing work submitted for their thread and organizing it into sessions. When you submit work you will be asked to identify both a primary and secondary thread. This provides the Program Committee the flexibility to rearrange sessions to form a coherent program. Though the threads are meant to be inclusive, not all work may clearly fit into the defined threads. If you do not feel that the descriptions appropriately capture the nature of your work pick the ones you find closes, and provide a note to the Program Committee in the Paper Info page.

Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics

Issues or Methodologies related to the application or integration of System Dynamics with: Automated Intelligence, Big Data, Data Science, Predictive Analytics or Machine Learning. (Billy Schoenberg and Chintan Vaishnav)


System Dynamics applications in businesses and organizations including profitability, marketing, competitive dynamics, product launches, project dynamics, and accounting. (Warren Farr and Scott Rockart)

COVID-19 (New for 2021)

Work related to the COVID-19 pandemic including epidemiology, mortality, and morbidity as well as the economic and social consequences of the pandemic. (Mohammad Jalali and Hazhir Rahmandad)


The understanding of economic dynamics including macroeconomics, microeconomics, trade, business regulation, economic development, economic policy, insurance, and risk management. (Oleg Pavlov and David Wheat)


The dynamics of and policy for the environment including climate change, pollution, environmental regulation, and ecology. (Allyson Beall King and Jake Jacobson)

Health (sponsored by Homer Consulting)

Issues related to health and health care including health policy, health services research, population health, and physiology. (John Ansah and David Lounsbury)

Human Behavior

The dynamics of human behavior in the social environments of families, communities, organizations, culture, and society including individual and social psychology. (Shayne Gary and Erika Palmer)

Information and Knowledge

The dynamics of information and knowledge including knowledge management, information systems, social network analysis, research & development, invention and innovation. (Len Malczynski and Sara Metcalf)

Learning and Teaching

The manner in which system skills are taught and learned including pedagogy, learning experiments, curriculum development, workshop design and interactive activities designed to be part of an educational experience. (Diana Fisher and Saras Chung)


Contributions to the methodology of System Dynamics, modeling and simulation including model development, model analysis, validation, graphical presentation formats, and computational techniques. (Yutaka Takahashi and Jeroen Struben)


Business and other process operations including capacity management, quality control, operations management, supply chains, workflow, queuing, and workforce planning. (Ed Anderson and Burcu Tan)

Public Policy

Issues in public policy including governance, social welfare, equity, justice, political science, urban dynamics, infrastructure, and transportation. (Rod MacDonald and Karim Chichakly)


The understanding and management of resources including energy, electricity, fuels, food, metals and other renewable and nonrenewable resources. (Todd BenDor and Bobby Jeffers)


The investigation of issues related to security including defense, conflict, military, insurgency and counterinsurgency, social unrest, disaster management, crime, policing and incarceration. (Saeed Langarudi and Ignacio Martinez Moyano)

Stakeholder Engagement

Engaging and influencing stakeholders through participatory activities such as group model building, facilitation, facilitated modeling, games and management flight simulators with emphasis on assessing the impact of the engagement. (Etiƫnne Rouwette and Susan Howick)


The development, communication and implementation of strategy, including strategic thinking, goal definition, and outcome measures for public and private organizations. (J. Bradley Morrison and Nicole Zimmermann)