Abstract for: Dealing with Multiple Perspectives: Using Cultural Profiles in System Dynamics

Many important dynamically complex issues are also characterized by a large number of stakeholders. Stakeholders often have different (incompatible) world views, value systems, lifestyles, interests, and perspectives. One way to deal with this diversity in System Dynamics modeling is to use different (cultural) profiles. Cultural Theory offers five profiles that could be used to take this diversity explicitly into account in System Dynamics modeling. This will be illustrated with a System Dynamics modeling study concerning the development of a residential district in which cultural profiles are explicitly taken into account.