John is the Jay W. Forrester Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and a Professor at the MIT Institute for Data, Systems and Society. He is also Director of the MIT System Dynamics Group and the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative. Sterman's research focuses on improving decision-making in complex systems, such as business strategy and operations, energy policy, public health, environmental sustainability and climate change. His work ranges from the dynamics of organisational change and the implementation of sustainable improvement programmes to climate change and the implementation of policies to promote a sustainable world.

Sterman pioneered the development of "management flight simulators" of corporate and economic systems that are now used by businesses, universities and governments around the world. He is the author of numerous academic and popular articles on the challenges and opportunities facing organisations today, including the book Modeling for Organizational Learning and the award-winning textbook Business Dynamics. Sterman is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and received an honorary doctorate from the Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland. He is a two-time recipient of the Jay W. Forrester Award for best published work in system dynamics; he has won an IBM Faculty Award, as well as the Accenture Award for best paper of the year published in the California Management Review.

He received the System Dynamics Society's Best Application Award for his work on climate change policy.

At MIT, he has been awarded the Samuel E. Seegal Faculty Award, which is given to a professor who "inspires students to pursue and achieve excellence," the Jamieson Award for Excellence in Teaching, numerous other awards for teaching excellence, and was named one of MIT Sloan's "Outstanding Professors" by BusinessWeek's Guide to the Best Business Schools. His research has been featured in media outlets around the world, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, Public Television's News Hour, National Public Radio's Marketplace, WGBH and others for his innovative use of interactive simulations in management training and policy making, especially in climate change and energy policy. Sterman holds a B.S. in Environmental Engineering and Systems from Dartmouth College and a Ph.D. in System Dynamics from MIT.

Featured programmes and seminars

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