Gloucester Fishery: insights from a group modeling intervention
Article first published online: 15 DEC 2004
Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
System Dynamics Review
Volume 20, Issue 4, pages 287–312, Winter 2004
How to Cite
Otto, P. and Struben, J. (2004), Gloucester Fishery: insights from a group modeling intervention. Syst. Dyn. Rev., 20: 287–312. doi: 10.1002/sdr.299
- Issue published online: 15 DEC 2004
- Article first published online: 15 DEC 2004
- Manuscript Accepted: JUL 2004
- Manuscript Received: JUN 2003
System dynamics provides a powerful support mechanism for resolving problems in highly complex and dynamic contexts. Effectively building a system dynamics model in a client-group environment is a challenging task, particularly with a heterogeneous clientele and a variety of stakeholders inﬂuencing the boundaries of the model. In such environments, understanding and formulating central concerns is as important as it is challenging. This article describes a group model building initiative designed to study the implications of various policies aimed at revitalizing the ﬁshing industry in Gloucester, Massachusetts. While the iterative and interactive methods in this group modeling intervention helped ﬁshermen and community members to communicate effectively with one another, deﬁne problems and improve their understanding of the critical interactions in the system, the resulting model was used to help the Gloucester Community Development Cooperation to communicate potential impacts of a prospective ﬁsh factory to a wider audience. Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.