Saturday, May 15, 2010

System dynamics and classical music

I've blogged about three system dynamics models I've used to help make sense of challenging issues surrounding the classical music scene.  Not only has that modeling work been interesting in its own right, but it has also led to interesting connections I might not otherwise have made.  For example, the process of doing that led me to Thomas Hamann, whose interesting doctoral research at the University of St. Gallen applied system dynamics to certain problems of the classical music business.

Tonight, thanks to a Google Alert, I found a posting by Dutch guitarist Robert Bekkers and Brunei-born overseas Chinese pianist Anne Ku called Orchestras in the Netherlands and system dynamics thinking. That posting links to Orchestras in a Complex World by Bernhard Kerres, an article in an old Harmony, which surprised me, for I thought I had at least skimmed if not read all of them.  That article might be good food for thought for arts organizations, and it is a good example showing how one can think through and then present a qualitative system dynamics approach to a specific problem in a clear fashion, unlike the way the NY Times presented a qualitative model recently.

I'm grateful for the link, and I welcome hearing about more applications of system dynamics and systems thinking to the challenges faced by the arts in general and classical music in particular.  If anyone has results of such work to share, all the better!

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Blogger Bon Journal addict said...

Thanks, Bill for picking up my blog about this. SD is not my background though DA and other techniques are. I hope to attract more interest when I give my paper on "house concerts" at the bi-annual Cultural Economics conference in Copenhagen in June.

16 May, 2010 12:07  
Blogger Bill Harris said...

Thanks for dropping by! Will you be blogging about your paper after it's presented?

16 May, 2010 20:35  
Blogger Bon Journal addict said...

Yes, indeed Bill, I have a lot to talk and write about. Perhaps blogging is the easiest way to get immediate feedback. I'll definitely be writing about this topic before and after the conference. Thanks for your interest and enquiry.

18 May, 2010 16:22  

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