Jay Wright Forrester 1918-2016

At the age of 98, Professor Jay W. Forrester, who first developed System Dynamics and described the Bullwhip Effect, passed away on the 16th of November 2016.

As a bachelor student, I read Industrial Dynamics. The insights therein inspired me to pursue a career in Supply Chain Management, academics and simulation optimization. Unfortunately, I never got the chance to meet or listen live to a speech of Jay W. Forrester, but I am truly thankful to him for enabling me and my colleagues the world round to investigate complex questions with System Dynamics.

Please visit the memorial page and feel free to leave a comment. There you can also read his biography as well as about his great contributions and achievements.

–         Forrester, JW (1961) Industrial Dynamics. Waltham, MA: Pegasus Communications.

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Christian Fikar is a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute for Production Management at Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU). His research fields include logistics, supply chain management and related decision support systems to investigate and optimize delivery processes, particularly for humanitarian and food logistics operations.

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