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Industrial Dynamics, Jay Forrester, © 1961, published by Productivity Press
1961 is a pivotal year for Systems Thinking. It marks the birth of an industrial engineering movement arising out of the seminal work of Russell Ackoff, Ludwig von Bertalanffy, Béla H. Bánáthy and others; including Jay Forrester's Industrial Dynamics. It also marks the peak birth year of the baby boom generation (1946-1964). In fact you might say that boomers and the movement matured together.

Much has changed in the following four decades: “regionally secure” businesses now face global competition, the social media internet has exploded onto the scene, Forrester's original edition has been reprinted, and the systems thinking movement was in danger of becoming just another fad for fee-obsessed consultants to raid corporate coffers�until now

 
 
 

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