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System Dynamics Modelling: A PRACTICAL APPROACH Hardcover – 1 May 1996


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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Chapman and Hall/CRC; 1st CRC Press Reprint edition (1 May 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0412617102
  • ISBN-13: 978-0412617102
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,538,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Marc Mywords on 5 Jan. 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The author of this book (the late Geoff Coyle) is one of the most eminent system dynamicists, and this book reflects some of his excellent experience through actual models from the field, in addition to covering the fundamentals about causal loop diagrams and system dynamics modeling like most other books. However this is now a dated book where all model equations are written in the now defunct DYNAMO syntax, so it is much less useful for a beginner trying to learn SD with a modern software package like VENSIM or iThink.

One additional problem with this particular edition being sold here as "new" is that the book is missing the floppy disk which includes several models and even the entire chapter 10 of the book, this floppy is just no longer included with this new edition of the book which is a major omission since it contains all the text and code of an entire chapter, so researchers who might want to examine the old code for guidance or to convert and use in the new software tools will be missing that part.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
the only practical book on System dynamics 24 Sept. 2007
By JEAN-JACQUES LAUBLE - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is the only book worth reading about the field of System Dynamics if you are interested into concrete implementations of the method.
It works with concrete cases as related from the client with plain words and builds progressively models starting from a qualitative point of view, then building a quantitative model showing in the process the added value of it.
It has too several chapters on the concrete use of policy optimisation.
The cases are both open or closed systems (with or without exogenous variables) and are varied.
It does not try to hide the difficulties of the method by simplifying
the problems, and the cases look realistic contrarily to many other books.
The only drawback is the presentation and the use of a language that is
probably no more sold and rarely used.
But is is relatively easy to translate the models into another more used package.
The author of the book is clearly somebody who has a perfect mastering of the theory of System Dynamics and both a long experience of using it on
concrete cases.
This is very rare among authors of scientific books and worth to be mentionned.
Jean-Jacques Laublé Allocar Eurli
Strasbourg France
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