Abstract for: An Interpretive Approach to Drawing Causal Loop Diagrams

Causal loop diagram largely influences the effectiveness of system dynamics. The complex interpretive nature of management problems makes it difficult to recognize all the existing causal loop relations. In order to build system dynamics models for ill-defined problems, "Group Model-Building" is developed. As discussed by Vennix, one source of these messy situations is different perceptions of individuals. In this paper, we develop an interpretive approach to drawing causal loop diagrams assuming that there are different perceptions about same concepts and the analyst is closely engaged with finding most agreed causal relationships.