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Models Can Help Us
    * Describe the Structure of Complex Systems
    * Understand Relationship Between Structure and Behavior
    * Ask “What if?” Questions Using a Consistent Framework

But It’s Hard to Convey Understanding of Complex Systems Through Static Means Like Power Point Presentations; Much of the Learning Still Remains in the Head of the Model Builder.

Managers Need a Means of Exploring the System Themselves and Constructing Their Own Understanding.

Simulators Utilize a Model, Interface, and Well-Thought Out Learning Experience to Give Them This Capability

They Can Engage Decision Makers in Experiential Learning:
    * Let Them Test and Deepen Their Understanding by
         Experimenting with Their Own Strategies
    * Help to Develop Real Intuition About How the
         System Works
    * Enable Them to Understand of Strategic Implications
         of Their Actions Including Unintended Consequences
    * Appreciate the Importance of Systemic Thinking--
         In General and Especially About Their Own Problems
    * Develop Shared Understanding at Multiple
         Organizational Levels

The Value of Simulators

Health Care
A healthcare learning environment that helps providers adapt to sweeping change and manage their organizations more effectively while keeping their communities healthier.
K-12 Education
A family of simulators that teach topics in physics including circular motion, collisions, energy storage, and heat flow in the context of real-world situations such as driving, home energy conservation, and sports.
A simulator that teaches students economics in terms of a familiar economic institution, the retail store.

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A simulator that school systems can use to understand the dynamics of education reform and examine different strategies for implementing reform.
Industry and Finance
 A simulator designed to help newspapers examine strategies for developing online businesses and making the transition to media enterprises with newspaper and online components
SymBanc™ is a simulator that introduces students to the complexities of managing a Microfinance Institution (MFI) and engages experienced practitioners in discussions of the key determinants of an MFI’s success.
A simulator based on short- and long-term models of port operations used to engage government, business, and labor representatives in discussions about the impact of security policies.
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Simulation-Based Learning Environments