Modeling projects, in order to build richer understanding of the dynamics of real-world
phenomena in manufacturing systems, benefit from utilizing System dynamics group model
building. This paper describes a project utilizing such method in order to identify the
interrelated dynamics of aging machinery equipment, competence development, and level of
automation for accurate manufacturing systems development. These central aspects were
identified by the project group during modeling and were considered vital in order to
approach the proper Machine Strategy for the system of interest. Aspects of attention in the
study also considered participants’ learning of the system of interest, participants’
perception upon model results, and the comparison between utilizing group model building
and the traditional modeler-client approach. It is shown that System dynamics group model
building has potential use in manufacturing, and indeed that more efforts are needed for
successful use in projects. For that reason the need of a framework for supporting system
dynamics projects in manufacturing is identified.
2014. 24 s.- p.
The 32nd International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, Delft, Netherlands, November 19, 2014