Date of Award




Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Department of Information Science

Content Description

1 online resource (xii, 131 pages) : illustrations (some color)

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

David Andersen

Committee Members

Eliot Rich, Luis Luna-Reyes


Generic Structures, Simulation, System Dynamics, Systems Archetypes, Water Resources Management, Water resources development, Crops and water, Cropping systems, Decision making, Dynamics, System analysis, Feedback control systems, Decision Making, Systems Analysis, decision making, systems analysis

Subject Categories

Agricultural Economics | Public Policy | Systems Science


A wide range of managerial problems are similar in nature, and yet they continuously appear in different forms and in different geographical locations. Compared to other sciences, it seems that in the field of management, managers have a hard time facing these similar problems. Part of this issues is caused by the extreme complexity of the systems and another part is caused by the lack of a universal language with which managers can communicate their lessons. This dissertation offers a set of tools that have been previously manufactured in systems science, and more specifically in System Dynamics.