The Utilization of System Dynamics in the Environment: an Example of Waste Management from the City of Znojmo
This article deals with applying modern methods of management, particularly benchmarking and system dynamics, to the area of waste management for the city Znojmo. Within the analysis, we focus on the following specific aims: (1) carry out an analysis of waste management utilizing benchmarking, (2) analyze the produced amount of biodegradable waste in Znojmo, (3) describe particular sub-models in relation to biodegradable waste and establish a system dynamic model for dealing with biodegradable waste, which is based on following sub-models. We utilized the following methods: an analysis of resources, benchmarking, structured interviews with experts, objectification of the analysis, and system dynamics modeling of the process. The results are in addition to the analyzed data and applied benchmarking , in particular the diagram of causal loops, which can serve as a tool for a dynamic model and finally help to alert the responsible managers to the basic causalities and links in extremely complex systems such as waste management.
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