Abstract for: Generic and reusable structure in systems dynamics modelling: roadmap of literature and future research questions

In the systems dynamics literature, some research efforts have focused on the idea of developing generic and reusable modelling elements. This literature is largely fragmented, which makes it challenging, especially for newcomers, to synthesise what has been achieved and to identify potential research directions. In this article, we aim to contribute to filling this gap by presenting a road map of literature along with proposing ideas for future research. Key insights from the paper are that there is little research into the process of designing reusable structures, and there is a clear gap between the design of these structures and how they can be used effectively in practice. We envisage that emerging research directions such as exploratory system dynamics modelling and XMILE may present opportunities to refresh interest in the topic.