The HSG System Dynamics Group (SDG) is a group of researchers of the Institute of Management at the University of St. Gallen who are dedicated to the modeling and simulation of complex systems.
The HSG System Dynamics Group (SDG) goes back to research and teaching activities which started already in the mid-eighties.
System Dynamics is different from other approaches to analyze complex phenomenon in the manner that it applies feedback-structures to capture system's inherent non-linearities. Hereby, the elicitation and simulation of time delays as well as probabilistic functions are fundamental.
The HSG System Dynamics Group works together with universities, enterprises, and non-governmental organization (ngo) in its applied research. Qualitative as well as quantitative methods and models are used to develop successfully solutions for complex challenges. Examples are:
- Dynamic capacity planning in a large Information Technology enterprise
- Enterprise steering model for a pharmaceutical corporation
- Model for the regulation of product launches for an enterprise of the enduring consumer goods industry
- Strategic planning models for small and medium-sized businesses
- Development of enterprise simulations for education purposes.
Within the basic research, conceptual studies and methodological enhancements are developed. Moreover, singular cases from the practical research are used to support the development of generic models. Examples are:
- Theory-Building with Simulation Modelling
- Simulation Based Management Education
- Model-based Management with Simulation Approaches
- Diffusion and Innovation Dynamics
- Norm Formation Processes in Social Systems