Can System Dynamics Improve Project Management Teaching? An Experimental Study
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With the great economic development, more and more well trained project mangers are demanded. Unfortunately, evidence show traditional project management training fails to provide prospective project managers with the conceptual insight or planning tools for making decisions in ways that minimize undesirable unintended consequences. The process of project management can be conceptualized as a complex information feedback system. System dynamics modeling to analyze and support project management decision-making is a long research tradition. It was used as the based model tool for simulator in project management education recently. But in that study, simulator was emphasized in education and students were not trained to understand the structure of the project management. Therefore, in our experiment in China, students with project management background were trained with a Systems Dynamics principle and their performance of a specific project management decision was studied. The findings suggest that principles of system dynamics can help person understand the interactions in project better and then make better decisions.