Jay Forrester


Professor Emeritus of Management
System Dynamics

 

Jay W. Forrester founded the growing field of system dynamics. His research includes the System Dynamics National Model, which generates the major observed modes of economic behavior; a new type of dynamics-based management education; and system dynamics as a unifying theme in pre-college education.

A pioneer in early digital computer development, Forrester invented random-access magnetic-core memory during the first wave of modern computers.

Forrester has received numerous awards for his books, nine honorary degrees from universities around the world, and the National Medal of Technology, awarded by the President of the United States.


Faculty Media

  • The Bullwhip Effect and Your Supply Chain

    If you own a business, then you might be aware of the bullwhip effect, which is an important supply chain phenomenon first noted by MIT systems scientist Jay Forrester. As you probably know,...


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  • The Beer Game

    "There is no actual beer in the Beer Game," says John Sterman, the Sloan professor who is overseeing the proceedings for the 25th consecutive year. Rather, the Beer Game is a table game, developed...


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  • Jay Forrester on the Nature of the Problems We Face

    In a few sentences, Jay Forrester, still perfectly lucid at 95, outlines the origins of the problems we face with climate change and everything else. In the 1960s, Forrester developed a method of...


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  • A Fireside Chat with Jay Forrester, Peter Senge, George Richardson and Dennis Meadows

    At the Systems Thinking and Dynamic Modeling conference, attendees can ask personal questions of some of the excellent pioneers in the field of system dynamics. Listen to Jay Forrester telling...


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  • IEEE recognizes the first the first high-speed digital computer

    In October 1940, 13 months after the outbreak of World War II in Europe and 14 months before the United States entered the war, the newly formed National Defense Research Committee (NDRC)...


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  • IEEE honors MIT milestones in computing and navigation

    MITs Project Whirlwind computer, developed beginning in 1944 in a building at 211 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge, was the first computer ever to use magnetic-core memory a system that went on to...


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  • Jay Forrester, Pioneer in supply chain management

    The modern notion of a "supply chain" can be traced back to "the pioneering research conducted by Jay Forrester and his colleagues at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology," IndustryWeek...


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  • MIT's 150th Anniversary Archives: Jay Forrester (Video Part 2)

    "I was born on a cattle ranch in Nebraska," begins the interview. Forrester later became a pioneer in early digital computing. He began his career as an engineer and is credited with inventing the...


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  • MIT's 150th Anniversary Archives: Jay Forrester (Video Part 1)

    "I was born on a cattle ranch in Nebraska," begins the interview. Forrester later became a pioneer in early digital computing. He began his career as an engineer and is credited with inventing the...


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  • Whirlwind Computer of Jay Forrester

    Check out this interesting article produced by History-computer.com about MIT Professor Jay Forrester.


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