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What is Validation Methodology? : Analyzing and Synthesizing Two Meanings

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abstract Well-validated models can improve the management of intelligent
organizations (Schwaninger 2009; Kybernetes, 39: 1419–1428, 2010). In the domain of systemdynamics and computational modeling, the assurance of model validity is a prominent challenge.A number of contributions concerning validation tests and their epistemological foundations have been developed. Considering the existing literature, however, little has been said about a validation methodology for systemdynamics models. This chapter differentiates two meanings of such methodology. The first meaning denotes a body of methods. This understanding has been adopted almost exclusively in the field of system dynamics. The second meaning sets forth a comprehensive understanding of the elicitation, description, reflection, and evaluation of issues related to validation, which is currently lacking. This chapter’s contribution is to synthesize the two meanings in a single conceptual model. That model is used to derive directions for future research as well as actions required to support systemic management for intelligent organizations. The chapter aims at focusing the attention of researchers on validation and at inaugurating a beneficial discussion.
   
type book chapter (English)
   
keywords Validation methodology • Simulation • Validity • Validation methods •
Validation tests
   
book title Systemic Management for Intelligent Organizations: Concept, Model-Based Approaches, and Applications
date of appearance 2012
publisher Springer-Publishing (Heidelberg)
volume / edition 1. Auflage
ISBN 978-3-642-29244-6-3
DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-29244-6_3
page(s) 47-60
citation Grösser, S. N. (2012). What is Validation Methodology?: Analyzing and Synthesizing Two Meanings. In Systemic Management for Intelligent Organizations: Concept, Model-Based Approaches, and Applications (pp. 47-60). Heidelberg: Springer-Publishing, DOI:10.1007/978-3-642-29244-6_3. - ISBN 978-3-642-29244-6-3.