Models improve culture?

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Smart folk can crack complex challenges if working in a supportive culture, but dynamic models may help with that.

A contact in New Zealand recently highlighted a case where an IT group in a big mess cracked the quite complex challenges they faced with my friend’s help in building a culturally supportive team environment, so maybe they didn’t need the kind of quant-modeling that SD can offer.

But … I recently had a high-tech start-up case where sales/service/tech-development were at each others’ throats about ...

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Aid for Trade

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Some UK Aid aims to boost Trade to help cut poverty. Videos + models at http://sdl.re/AidForTradeVideos show how planning and managing Aid for Trade could be enhanced using strategy dynamics principles. [From a pilot study for DFID, the UK Dept for International Development. Many other Aid agencies also work on Aid for Trade]

Three things need to work for small scale exporters to trade [a] Access : ports or border crossings, roads or other links to get there …[b] Capacity : buildings ...

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Integrated Reporting and tackling short-termism

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KPMG are amongst a large group of accounting firms and regulators involved in the International Integrated Reporting Council www.theiirc.org. The Council is working on guidelines for how companies should report information that more effectively explains to investors and other stakeholders how the business works. This, it is hoped, will enable better understanding of a firm’s performance and prospects, and tackle the issue of “short termism” amongst management and investors that is believed to be widespread and problematic. The guidelines ...

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Staff pay for strategy errors

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This claim in “Trouble” shows up in jobs for architects – victims of the construction industry. Boom-and-bust reached its spectacular peak in many industries in 2008/9. Causes are simple – see cyclicality model.

Thanks to Erin Hoffer, current exec participant on the WPI system dynamics course, for this example.

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Strategy models help Boeing

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I see strong 2nd quarter profits at Boeing,  just after hearing their strategy VP explain their heavy use of strategy models. Their industry model led them not to cut production after a 2009 collapse in orders, in spite of screams from analysts that they should do so to cut costs. Reminds me Airbus used a similar model way back in 96 (also in link above) to spot that a massive jump in orders was fluff, and to ...

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