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Tuesday, December 27, 2011


The theory and process of system dynamics modeling requires specialized knowledge and mind-set which is time-consuming to develop.

With the notable exception major metropolitan areas, and certain innovative MPO's, most regions no longer contain the problem solving capacity 'in-house'. Existing in-house capacity is primarily institutionalized in a 'system maintenance' role. The capacity to solve problems has been outsourced to consultants.  Consultants maintain the capacity to offer on-demand expertise and solutions based on comparable experience. Also maintain specialized of occaisonally needed technical know-how. Effecively, act as  intermediaries between decision makers and technical information and interpreters of that information.

System Dynamics does represent a 'new scientific revolution', in the sense that it is replacing the linear and atomistic representations of the world. However, the educational project should remain separate from system dynamic consulting. The structure of scientific revolutions dictates that the theory will be more widely adopted as more practical applications for the theory are found and demonstrated.