Mental Model Alignment

  • Rodney Scott
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Operations Research book series (BRIEFSOPERAT)


Group model building describes a variety of methods for involving clients or stakeholders in the creation of a system dynamics model. One outcome sought by clients is enduring consensus between participants. Group model building appears to support enduring consensus by altering and aligning the mental models held by participants about the problem. Mental models are a construct from cognitive science to describe a relatively enduring internal representation of an external reality. This chapter infers mental model change and alignment through the elicitation of decision-preferences immediately before a group model building workshop, immediately afterwards, and twelve months later.


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  1. 1.University of New South WalesSydneyAustralia

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