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. His work 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. 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 is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and received 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. He received the Best Application Award from the System Dynamics Society for his work on climate change policy. At MIT, he has been recognized with the Samuel E. Seegal Faculty Prize, given to a professor who “inspires students in pursuing and achieving excellence,” the Jamieson Award for Excellence in Teaching, numerous other 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, Washington Post, Boston Globe ,Public Television’sNews Hour, National Public Radio’s Marketplace, WGBH, and other media for his innovative use of interactive simulations in management education and policymaking, particularly in 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.
"For every conservative who dreams about ripping up the Paris Agreement, there's a company executive who wants to stay in."
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,...
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.
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...
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...
This climate simulator lets you explore more than 8,100 climate scenarios.
Researchers find that economic, emissions and population trends point to very small chance Earth will avoid warming more than 2C by century’s end.
The Systems Dynamics professor uses data-based models to build consensus around curbing greenhouse gas emissions and limiting global temperature rise.
A mock negotiation, complete with its own climate model, makes people want to act.
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.
Understanding and Solving Complex Business Problems
Strategies for Sustainable Business
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.
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 discuss how you can contribute your ideas on how to fight climate change. Share your ideas on social media using #OurAccord.
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