Can System Dynamics Learn from Social Network Analysis?
University of Zurich, Institute of Business Administration, UZH Business Working Paper No. 349
26 Pages Posted: 16 Jan 2015
Date Written: January 15, 2015
This article deals with the analysis of large or complex system dynamics (SD) models, exploring the benefits of a multimethodological approach to model analysis. We compare model analysis results from SD and social network analysis (SNA) by deploying SNA techniques on a pertinent example from the SD literature — the world dynamics model. Although SNA is a clearly distinct method from SD in that it focuses on social actors and their interrelationships, we contend that SD can indeed learn from SNA, particularly in terms of model structure analysis. Our argumentation follows renowned system dynamicists who acknowledge the potential of SD to synthesize and advance theories in social science at both the conceptual and technical levels.
Keywords: Social network analysis, centrality, mixing methods, model structure analysis, large models
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