||System Dynamics Simulation of Socio-Technological Transitions
||ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences, School of Engineering Institute of Sustainable Development (INE), Winterthur, Switzerland
Oral assignment (group presentation of models and simulation results) / evaluation sheet (40%)
Written assignment (group work report) / evaluation sheet (60%)
||17 February 2023
||24 February 2023
||2 June 2023
The Dates will be specified later!
Workshop 1: date KW8, 09.00-17.30 hrs (Kick-off)
Workshop 2: date KW9, 09.00-17.30 hrs
Workshop 3: date KW14/15, 09.00-17.30 hrs
Workshop 4: date KW22, 09.00-17.30 hrs (Presentation Day)
Four full-day workshops (teaching, in-class activities and group work progress meetings; total 30 hours) separated by independent self-study immersion and small group work periods (total 60 hours).
In-class attendance is required and compulsory.
Teaching is generally in English.
Student presentations and group work reports may be given/submitted in English or German.
|Description (max. 300 characters):
Technological (eco-) innovations are crucial for entrepreneurs to stay competitive and to satisfy societal needs in a sustainable manner, if they were used widely. Successful marketing of (eco-) technologies requires clear understanding of the impact of organizational and economic decision contexts. This EVA introduces and applies system dynamics modelling as a helpful tool for the analysis of the complex socio-economic interactions influencing the market success of (eco-) technologies supporting socio-technical transitions to sustainability.
It includes designing and simulation of socio-technical system architectures, strategy and policy evaluation as well as sensitivity analyses. Graphical user interfaces (GUI) are introduced (or built) for scenario and strategy evaluation.
|Contents and Learning Objectives:
In this Module, the students will
- gain competences in understanding the conceptual approach to system dynamics modelling of socio-technical system architectures
- develop and apply strategy, scenario experiments or sensitivity analysis for future oriented system analysis
- acquire insights into the barriers and drivers of technological (eco-) innovations and socio-technical transitions
- apply successfully tools and software (e.g. Vensim, Forio epicenter, Visual Basics for Applications)
Workshop 1: Introduction into concepts of socio-technical transitions and System Dynamics Modelling based on successful small models and applications in case studies and flight simulators.
Workshop 2: Developing own simulation models or adjusting existing model structures (respecting the system dynamics modelling competence level of the students).
Workshop 3: Designing strategy, scenario experiments and sensitivity analysis, developing GUI.
Workshop 4: Presentation of small group works, debriefing.
||Bachelor of Science (or equivalent), English language skills.
Ulli-Beer, S. (ed., 2013). Dynamic Governance of Energy Technology Change: Socio-technical transitions towards sustainability. Series: Sustainability and Innovation. Springer-Verlag Heidelberg, 252p.
Kubli, Merla; Ulli-Beer, Silvia (2016). Decentralisation dynamics in energy systems: A generic simulation of network effects. Energy Research & Social Science, 13: 71-83.
Sterman, J. Business Dynamics (2000), Irwin McGrew-Hill.
Further literature and websites will be provided during the Module.
All Workshops are conducted at Technopark Winterthur. Weblink:
https://www.zhaw.ch/storage/shared/hochschule/lageplaene/lageplan-winterthur-lagerplatz-stadt-mitte.pdf (building LT or LN).
The venue can easily be reached by public transport
(10 min on foot from Winterthur railway station).
Dr. Silvia Ulli-Beer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Vicente Carabias, email@example.com
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