Radboud University is one of the leading academic communities in The Netherlands. Established in 1923 and situated in the oldest city in the Netherlands, Radboud University has nine faculties and enrolls over 17,500 students in 107 study programmes. The personal style of teaching – offering plenty of opportunity to work closely with instructors and fellow students in small seminars – ensures that the university does not become a mere ‘degree factory’.
Where scientists come together from different backgrounds, new insights emerge. One of the main strengths of research at Radboud University is the way cooperative links are forged across national and disciplinary boundaries. Our top people are not buried away in their research groups – they derive their strength from a continuous exchange of ideas and results with others working in related areas.
Nijmegen School of Management
The programme of the European Master in System Dynamics is accommodated by the Nijmegen School of Management (NSM). The European Master in System Dynamics is one of the many educational programmes that are offered by NSM. More in particular, all staff involved in the European Master in System Dynamics are members belonging to the Methodology department of the Business Administration Programme.
NSM focuses on two core responsibilities: research and education. The Institute for Management Research (IMR) conducts fundamental and applied research on the development, design and effectiveness of the public and private structures that regulate, govern and manage human interaction. These structures exist at various levels, ranging from societies to urban networks and from macro-economic systems to individual organizations and firms. Nijmegen School of Management is a knowledge center in the field of management and administration of companies, non-profit institutions and governments and various other fields.
Prof. dr. J.A.M. Vennix
Prof. dr. J.A.M. Vennix currently holds the chair of the Business Administration department at the Radboud University. The main focus of his research is on managerial decision making in complex systems and (computer-based) tools for decision support. Research interest areas of expertise include System Dynamics computer simulation, Problem Structuring Methodologies, Scenario Analysis and Group Decision Support Systems.
Dr. A. Grössler
Since March 2007, Dr. Größler has been an Associate Professor at the Methodology Department at the Nijmegen School of Management. His research interests are in the field of strategic operations management, particular in the complexity of manufacturing systems and strategic capabilities in production. Furthermore, he is interested in dynamic decision making and the interplay between the behavior of members of organizations and the structure of organizations.
Dr. E.A.J.A. Rouwette
Dr. E. Rouwette holds a position as an associate professor. He lectures on empirical research methods and group decision support methods, including Electronic Meeting Systems, Problem Structuring Methods, gaming simulation and group model building. His research concentrates on the effect of participating in how these methods are used in information exchange and in regard to the participants’ beliefs, attitudes and behavior.
Dr. H.P.L.M. Korzilius
Dr. H. Korzilius is an associate professor in Research Methodology at the Department of Business Administration, Radboud University, the Netherlands. His teaching activities focus on general research methodology,statistics and quantitative methodology from introductory up to and including advanced levels of scientific education. He has supervised many MA and PhD theses and continues to do so. His current research interests are mechanisms and learning of system dynamics thinking, meta-analysis, methodology of participatory research strategies, and cultural effects.
Dr. I. Bleijenbergh
Dr. I. Bleijenbergh holds a position as an assistant professor. She lectures on qualitative research methods and designing research proposals. This involves case-study research, open interviews, focus groups and qualitative content analysis. Her research concentrates on the quality of participatory research methods (Group Model Building and Delphi Study) and on diversity management and gender equity in organizations.
Computer simulation models and organizational decision-making (6 ECs)
The role of models in policy processes and the concepts of organisational interventions with system dynamics will be discussed. Students are able to transfer the knowledge and understanding they have acquired in this course to other fields of the social sciences. In addition, methods that are discussed, can be used in various settings and in combination with different approaches. These methods are meant to handle complexity in organisational problem contexts.
Group Model Building I (6 ECs)
Students know about the fundamentals of qualitative Group Model Building. This method is embedded in and compared to other approaches to problem solving and strategic decision-making and students are able to reflect on this. They know scripts for Group Model Building sessions that represent components of successful applications of the method.
Strategic decision-making (6 ECs)
Students are able to explain different theories and models of decision-making in organisations. Furthermore, individual, group and organisational biases on decisionmaking can be listed.
Group Model Building II (6 ECs)
Knowledge from the course on Group Model Building I will be expanded and students will be able to also conduct quantitative Group Model Building projects. Additional tools and scripts will be in the focus of study and become familiar to the students
Research Methodology (6 ECs)
Students are knowledgeable about various notions of strategy. They are able to define central terms on the dtrategy field. Students are able to conduct a dynamic analysis of a firm’s strategy. The strategic architecture of a company can be depicted and conclusions can be drawn from this.
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