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

See all articles by Lukas Klaus Schoenenberger

Lukas Klaus Schoenenberger

Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore; University of Zurich - Department of Business Administration (IBW)

Andrea Schenker-Wicki

University of Basel

Date Written: January 15, 2015

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Schoenenberger, Lukas Klaus and Schenker-Wicki, Andrea, Can System Dynamics Learn from Social Network Analysis? (January 15, 2015). University of Zurich, Institute of Business Administration, UZH Business Working Paper No. 349. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2550593 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2550593

Lukas Klaus Schoenenberger (Contact Author)

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University of Zurich - Department of Business Administration (IBW) ( email )

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Andrea Schenker-Wicki

University of Basel ( email )

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Basel, CH-4003
Switzerland

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