This book would not have come into existence without the contribution of many people. Over the past years, several generations of MBA students at the Universidad de Talca, Chile, and those following the European Master in System Dynamics programme at various institutions have worked their way through previous versions of what is now in your hands. Conversations about management books using simulation modelling with Kim Warren and George Richardson reinforced the idea that such a book has an important role to play in management education. We would like to thank many people from Wiley for their vital support in developing this book. We wish to thank Graham Winch.

And most importantly, we thank our partners. Thank you, Paula, for your patience while I (Martin) was sitting in front of the screen and for your encouragement. And thank you, Saskia and Finn, that you have given me (Stefan) the time to work on this book.

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