Towards the Brazilian Space Program Modeling Through the Combination of Stakeholder Theory and System Dynamics Methodology

Sérgio Luís de Andrade Silva, Fabiano Luís de Sousa


In the last 50 years, Stakeholder (STH) theory has become one of the main instruments of analysis, identification,classification and management of entities in the complex and conflicting corporate environment. In a similar way, System Dynamics (SD) methodology has been used as an instrument for modeling and simulating the dynamics of complex systems in several areas of knowledge, such as engineering, management, environmental research, health, etc. The main objective of this work is to study the potential of combining these two approaches into a new methodology for modeling, analysis and simulation of organizational complex systems that could aid in the decision-making process. Motivated by social, technological, political and economic challenges observed in the Brazilian Space Program (PEB), the authors use it as a case study for the application of that new methodology. This preliminary study identifies possible cells and molecules of the functional structure of PEB, their interfaces and interactions. It is hoped that the present work would be helpful for later developments in PEBs dynamic modeling and planning.


System modeling; Stakeholder theory; System dynamics methodology; Brazilian Space Program

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