Greetings from the Systems Modelling Conference
at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra. The keynote is by Associate Professor Shayne Gary
, UNSW on Mental Models and Dynamic Decision Making
. In several training courses I have been encouraged to draw a mental model and even shown software to help with the drawing. However, there was never any rigor to this process, nor theory behind it, just "draw something", so I dismissed this as trivial. However, Professor Gary is pointing out there is research into how these models help people understand a complex problem.But mental models can be misleading.
Gary, M. S., Yang, M. M., Yetton, P. W., & Sterman, J. D. (2017).
Stretch Goals and the Distribution of Organizational Performance. Organization Science
. URL https://doi.org/10.1287/orsc.2017.1131
Gary, M. S., Prietula, M. J., & Feltovich, P. (2017, January).
Mental Models as the Interface between the Business Environment and
Strategic Decisions. In Academy of Management Proceedings
(Vol. 2017, No. 1, p. 14588). Academy of Management. doi:10.5465/AMBPP.2017.14588abstract
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