John Sterman

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John David Sterman
Alma materMIT Ph.D, 1982
Dartmouth College
Known forBusiness Dynamics: Systems thinking and modeling for a complex world
AwardsJay W. Forrester Prize
Scientific career
FieldsSystems science
InstitutionsMIT, New England Complex Systems Institute

John David Sterman is the Jay W. Forrester Professor of Management, and the current director of the MIT System Dynamics Group at the MIT Sloan School of Management.[1][2] He is also co-faculty at the New England Complex Systems Institute. He is mostly considered as the current leader of the System Dynamics school of thought. He is the author of "Business Dynamics: Systems Thinking and Modeling for a Complex World".

Prof. Sterman has twice been awarded the Jay W. Forrester Prize for the best published work in system dynamics, won an IBM Faculty Award, won the Accenture Award for the best paper of the year published in the California Management Review, has seven times won awards for teaching excellence, and was named one of the MIT Sloan School's "Outstanding Faculty" by the Business Week Guide to the Best Business Schools. He has been featured on public television's News Hour, National Public Radio's Marketplace, CBC television, Fortune, the Financial Times, Business Week, and other media for his research and innovative use of interactive simulations in management education and policymaking.

He was an undergraduate at Dartmouth College and received his Ph.D from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1982. [1]

His research focuses on improving managerial decision making in complex systems. He has pioneered so-called "management flight simulators" used for learning to manage the complexity of corporate and economic systems.


John Sterman has written a few books and several articles. A selection:



  1. ^ E. Cabell Brand (2010). If not me, then who? : how you can help with poverty, economic opportunity, education,... [S.l.]: Iuniverse Inc. p. 68. ISBN 978-1-936236-12-1. Retrieved 26 January 2011.
  2. ^ Walsh, Bryan (28 October 2008). "What the Public Doesn't Get About Climate Change". Time. Retrieved 26 January 2011.

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