John Sterman


Jay W. Forrester Professor of Management / Professor of System Dynamics and Engineering Systems / Director, MIT System Dynamics Group

 

John Sterman

John D. Sterman is the Jay W. Forrester Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and a Professor in the MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society. He is also the Director of the MIT System Dynamics Group and the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative.

Sterman’s research centers on improving decision-making in complex systems, including corporate strategy and operations, energy policy, public health, environmental sustainability, and climate change.It ranges from the dynamics of organizational change and the implementation of sustainable improvement programs to climate change and the implementation of policies to promote a sustainable world. His research also includes systems thinking and organizational learning, computer simulation of corporate strategy and public policy issues, and environmental sustainability. Sterman pioneered the development of “management flight simulators” of corporate and economic systems which are now used by corporations, universities, and governments around the world.

He is the author of many scholarly and popular articles on the challenges and opportunities facing organizations today, including the book, Modeling for Organizational Learning, and the award-winning textbook, Business Dynamics.

Sterman has been recognized for his work with an honorary doctorate from the Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland. He has twice been awarded the Jay W. Forrester Prize for the best published work in system dynamics; has won an IBM Faculty Award as well as the Accenture Award for the best paper of the year published in the California Management Review; has seven times won awards for teaching excellence; and was named one of MIT Sloan’s “Outstanding Faculty” by the BusinessWeek Guide to the Best Business Schools.  His research has been featured in media around the world including the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Public Television’s News Hour, National Public Radio’s Marketplace, WGBH, and other media for his innovative use of interactive simulations in management education and policymaking, particularly climate change and energy policy.

Sterman holds an AB in engineering and environmental systems from Dartmouth College and a PhD in system dynamics from MIT.


Faculty Media

  • [Innovation@Work Blog] What Does the Trump Administration Mean for Climate Change Efforts?

    "For every conservative who dreams about ripping up the Paris Agreement, there's a company executive who wants to stay in."


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  • [Innovation@Work Webinar] The Dynamics of Climate Change—from the Political to the Personal

    In this free webinar hosted by MIT Sloan's John Sterman, explore the dynamics of the climate interactively and suggest what we can do both professionally and personally to build a safer,...


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  • [Innovation@Work Blog] Taking #OurAccord Personally for Earth Day

    People often think of climate change as a policy issue, one that is best dealt with through legislation and mandates, and not as an individual.


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  • [Innovation@Work Blog] A Unique Framework to Address Complex Challenges: System Dynamics

    Many executives in today's complicated business world are finding they no longer have the tools and techniques needed to address complex problems. MIT Sloan Professor John Sterman says there is a...


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  • [Innovation@Work Blog] Mapping Risk with the Beer Game

    As MIT Sloan Professor John Sterman told MIT Technology Review, “there’s no actual beer in the Beer Game.” Instead, it’s an exercise for MIT Sloan students that simulates the supply chain of the...


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  • Simulating the Future of Climate Policy

    It's called World Climate Simulation, and it's a mock U.N. negotiation paired with a climate model that spits out the likely result of the negotiated actions.


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  • John Sterman on Building a Sustainable World

    The politics of climate change and the prospects for action to limit the damage it causes have changed dramatically in the last year.


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  • Here’s Why Trump Probably Won’t Ditch The Paris Climate Deal

    On the campaign trail, Donald Trump vowed to cancel the Paris agreement on global warming. But his senior advisors will likely urge him to stay in. Pulling out of such a flexible agreement, as one...


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  • The Paris Agreement is Bigger than Trump ... Isn't It?

    Bye-bye, dirty fossil fuels. The clean-energy era is here. Right?


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  • Companies Remind Trump: What’s Good for the Planet can be Good for Business

    “We’re trying to hike up a mountain that has become a lot steeper, and now there’s a huge headwind in our faces,” says John Sterman with the MIT Sloan School of Management.


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Contact Information

Office: E62-436
Phone: 617-253-1951
Fax: 617-258-7579
Email: jsterman@mit.edu
Website: http://web.mit.edu/jsterman/www
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Phone: 617-258-5583

Teaches In

Understanding and Solving Complex Business Problems Jul 13-14, 2017 | Oct 3-4, 2017 | Apr 17-18, 2018 | Jul 12-13, 2018 | Oct 9-10, 2018

Strategies for Sustainable Business Oct 18-20, 2017 | Apr 2-4, 2018 | Oct 3-5, 2018

The Dynamics of Climate Change—from the Political to the Personal

Explore the dynamics of the climate interactively and learn what we can do both professionally and personally to build a safer, sustainable world. Sterman presents C-ROADS, this award-winning modeling software has been used by more than 15,000 people, including policy makers and negotiators, in 53 nations around the world, and is freely available to participants in the webinar.

John Sterman: System Dynamics

In this video, Professor John Sterman talks about systems dynamics—a technique invented by MIT Sloan's Jay Forrester—to better understand dynamic problems arising in complex systems.

John Sterman and Jason Jay: #OurAccord

John Sterman and Jason Jay discuss how you can contribute your ideas on how to fight climate change. Share your ideas on social media using #OurAccord.