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Using system dynamics to analyse disruption and delay in complex projects for litigation: Can the modelling purposes be met?

Howick, S.M. (2003) Using system dynamics to analyse disruption and delay in complex projects for litigation: Can the modelling purposes be met? Journal of the Operational Research Society, 54 (3). pp. 222-229. ISSN 0160-5682

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Abstract

System dynamics (SD) is a modelling approach that has been used to analyse disruption and delay (D&D) for litigation in a number of cases over the last 30 years. However, there is a lack of literature addressing the question of whether or not it is actually a suitable modelling approach to take in this environment. This paper explores this question by considering whether or not SD is capable of meeting the modelling purposes of analysing D&D for litigation. The author's experience as part of a team which has carried out post-mortem analysis on projects for a number of litigation cases is used to consider the degree to which SD can meet these modelling purposes. This process highlights limitations of using SD. An understanding of these limitations is important, so that a modeller can make an informed decision about the appropriateness of SD as a modelling approach to support any specific claim for compensation.

Item type: Article
ID code: 4362
Keywords: system dynamics, litigation, disruption and delay, modelling complex projects, management thory, Management. Industrial Management, Risk Management
Subjects: Social Sciences > Industries. Land use. Labor > Management. Industrial Management
Social Sciences > Industries. Land use. Labor > Risk Management
Department: Strathclyde Business School > Management Science
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    Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
    Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2007
    Last modified: 12 Mar 2012 10:41
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/4362

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