Cognitive mapping and problem structuring for system dynamics model building

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This chapter discusses an approach to problem structuring that seeks to recognize the significance of multiple perspectives and the richness they provide in generating politically feasible ways of resolving problems. In particular, the method—cognitive mapping and an associated computer-based group support system—is related to the early stages of modeling situations that are characterized by feedback dynamics. Thus, the method is argued to be particularly suitable as a visual interactive modeling method, which is mutually supportive of visual interactive system dynamics modeling methods.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStrategic development
Subtitle of host publicationmethods and models
EditorsRG Dyson, F O'Brien
Place of PublicationChichester
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons Inc.
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9780471974956
Publication statusPublished - 12 May 1998


  • cognitive mapping
  • problem structuring
  • system dynamics model building


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