System Behavior

System Content is what is contained in a system which describes function or purpose.

A system is a group of interacting, interrelated, and interdependent components that form a complex and unified whole.  System Dynamics (SD) is a framework for understating how elements within the system interact .

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From a content perspective a system is a group of interacting, interrelated, and interdependent elements that form a complex and unified whole that have purpose or function whereby the state of the system is the set of values held by its variables at any given time.  System Dynamic  provides a high level view of the system emphasizing the interactions between its constituent parts, as well as the impact of time on its dynamic behavior.

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Systemic Content is about understanding dominant influences (positive and negative) that determine conditions of system elements. Objective of System Dynamics is to define mental models is to determine ideal system state.

Key considerations within Systemic Behaviour:

  • System dynamics focuses on the structure and behavior of systems composed of interacting feedback loops. The dynamics arise from the interaction of two types of feedback loops, positive and negative loops. Positive loops tend to reinforce or amplify whatever is happening in the system. Negative loops counteract and oppose change.
  • System Dynamics helps in designing the interconnections and structures to give more confidence and predictability in behavior of the systems. Its focus on the structure and behavior of systems composed of interacting feedback loops.
  • System dynamics is an approach to understanding the behavior of complex systems over time. It deals with internal feedback loops and time delays that affect the behavior of the entire system. Simulation with SD models is used for learning about the dynamic complexity of systems, identification of optimal policies in existing systems, improvement of system behavior through parameter or structural changes.
  • Critical Aspects within the Systemic Content domain:
    • Thinking in terms of cause-and-effect relationships
    • Focusing on the feedback linkages among components of a system
    • Determining the appropriate boundaries for defining what is to be included within a system
    • Causal thinking is the key to organizing ideas in a system dynamics study

 

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