Kraków, Poland

System Science – a Dynamic Tool for Understanding the Complex World

when 1 July 2024 - 12 July 2024
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 650

Why does the world suffer from financial, political, and economic crises? Why do decision-makers fail to manage crises effectively? Why do some organizations grow while others stagnate? Why do the value chains witness fluctuations and disruptions? How can decision-makers identify and design high-leverage policies that can embrace unanticipated side effects? What can decision-makers do to make the world more balanced and immune to disruptions?

Economic, technological, social, and environmental change challenges decision-makers to learn at increasing rates. Today’s world requires us to design and manage systems where complexity is unavoidable because of multiple feedback effects, long-time delays, and nonlinear responses to our actions. Learning in such environments is difficult because we never confront many of the consequences of our most important decisions. Effective learning in a complex environment requires methods to develop systems thinking by representing and assessing complexity and its implications. It also requires tools like causal loop diagrams and stocks and flows diagrams decision-makers can use to accelerate learning.

Course leader

Sławomir Wyciślak, PhD, Jagiellonian University (Poland)

Target group

The course is inteded for students of all levels.

Fee info

EUR 650: The participant pays fees for:
a) participation in three selected courses with accommodation (7 days) and meals EUR 650
b) participation in three selected courses without accommodation with meals EUR 570
c) participation in three selected courses with accommodation (7 days) without meals EUR 620
d) participation in three courses without accommodation and meals EUR 450
e) each subsequent course EUR 150
f) optional trip EUR 50


No scholarships will be provided.