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dc.contributor.advisorBarrett, Frank J.
dc.contributor.authorPorter, Norman Wayne
dc.dateSep-14
dc.date.accessioned2014-12-05T20:10:45Z
dc.date.available2014-12-05T20:10:45Z
dc.date.issued2014-09
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/43981
dc.description.abstractThis action research case study was intended to qualitatively determine how system thinking and system dynamics modeling informed regional strategic planning and to derive a grounded theory based upon data collected during the Steinbeck Innovation Cluster strategic planning process. Three areas of previous research were investigated: systems, complexity, networks and system dynamics; strategic planning; and industrial clusters. The grounded theory that emerged from my research is that: System thinking and the use of small, system dynamics models can enhance the awareness of decision and policy makers by clarifying dynamic complexity and structure/behavior relationships and may contribute to collaborative, cross-sectoral effort that diminishes the pitfalls of policy resistance in regional strategic planning. This study contributes to each of the three areas of research already mentioned by addressing perceived gaps at the intersection of systems theory, theories of sustainable cluster development, and theories of strategic planning. Furthermore, this study builds upon previous attempts to evaluate the impact of system dynamics modeling on mental models by qualitatively evaluating pre- and post-intervention responses of actual regional strategic planners from three organizational cross-sectors that included the private sector, the non-profit sector, and the government or civic sector.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/theeffectsofsyst1094543981
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleThe effects of system dynamics modeling on systems thinking in the context of regional strategic planningen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentInformation Sciences (IS)
dc.subject.authorstrategic planningen_US
dc.subject.authorsystems thinkingen_US
dc.subject.authorcomplexityen_US
dc.subject.authoremergenceen_US
dc.subject.authorsystem dynamicsen_US
dc.subject.authoraction researchen_US
dc.subject.authorregional clustersen_US
dc.subject.authorindustrial clustersen_US
dc.subject.authorcross-sectoral collaborationen_US
dc.subject.authorstrategy in practiceen_US
dc.subject.authorsystem theoryen_US
dc.subject.authornetworksen_US
dc.description.serviceCaptain, United States Navyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameDoctor of Philosophy in Information Sciencesen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelDoctoralen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineInformation Sciencesen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
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