Use of measurement theory for operationalization and quantification of psychological constructs in systems dynamics modelling

Fitkov-Norris, Elena and Yeghiazarian, Ara (2016) Use of measurement theory for operationalization and quantification of psychological constructs in systems dynamics modelling. Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 772(1), 012023. ISSN (print) 1742-6588

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Abstract

The analytical tools available to social scientists have traditionally been adapted from tools originally designed for analysis of natural science phenomena. This article discusses the applicability of systems dynamics - a qualitative based modelling approach, as a possible analysis and simulation tool that bridges the gap between social and natural sciences. After a brief overview of the systems dynamics modelling methodology, the advantages as well as limiting factors of systems dynamics to the potential applications in the field of social sciences and human interactions are discussed. The issues arise with regards to operationalization and quantification of latent constructs at the simulation building stage of the systems dynamics methodology and measurement theory is proposed as a ready and waiting solution to the problem of dynamic model calibration, with a view of improving simulation model reliability and validity and encouraging the development of standardised, modular system dynamics models that can be used in social science research.

Item Type: Article
Research Area: Business and management studies
Computer science and informatics
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Business and Law > Kingston Business School (Accounting, Finance and Informatics) (from August 2013)
Depositing User: Ara Yeghiazarian
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2016 15:06
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2017 08:39
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/37048

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