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System Dynamics and the Military

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Leaders and subordinates share a complex and complicated relationship, and leaders directly influence the mental state and subsequent physical performance of their subordinates. System Dynamics (SD) models complex relationships and variables via causal feedback loops. Participants interacted with the Leadership and Performance Model (LPM) Flight Simulator. after being briefed on their given subordinate. One group knew the simulated Subordinate’s personality ahead of time, and one did not. Players' choices influenced their Subordinates’ Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) scores, motivation, and energy. The average Overall Simulation Scores (OSS) suggested that knowing a subordinate’s personality can expedite performance improvement. However, there was no statistical significance between the two groups. There was also no statistical significance between the speed of learning between the two groups, but there was an overall increase in scores from earlier simulations to later simulations, suggesting that participants profiled their Subordinate more accurately as time went on. It is also possible that an SD education of these dynamic relationships may inspire Army leaders to make more informed choices.

  • This report represents the work of one or more WPI undergraduate students submitted to the faculty as evidence of completion of a degree requirement. WPI routinely publishes these reports on its website without editorial or peer review.
  • 106651
  • E-project-042723-170144
  • 2023
UN Sustainable Development Goals
Date created
  • 2023-04-27
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  • E-project-042723-170144
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  • 2023-06-14


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