Encyclopedia of Complexity and Systems Science

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| Editors: Robert A. Meyers

System Dynamics Modeling: Validation for Quality Assurance

  • Markus Schwaninger
  • Stefan Groesser
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27737-5_540-3


The present chapter addresses the question of building better models. This is crucial for coping with complexity in general and in particular for the management of dynamic systems (Schwaninger 2010). Both the epistemological and the methodological-technological aspects of model validation for the achievement of high-quality models are discussed. The focus is on formal models, i.e., those formulated in a stringent, logical, and mostly mathematical language.

The etymological root of “valid” is in the Latin word “validus,” which denotes attributes such as strong, powerful, and firm. A valid model, then, is well founded and difficult to reject because it accurately represents the perceived real system which it is supposed to reflect. This system can be either one that already exists or one that is being constructed, or even anticipated, by a modeler or a group of modelers.

The validation standards in System Dynamics are more rigorous than those of many other methodologies. Let...


Model Validation Real System Model Behavior Validation Process System Dynamics Model 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of ManagementUniversity of St. GallenSt. GallenSwitzerland