Calendar

Sep
3
Mon
2018
I Cissto call for abstracts deadline
Sep 3 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

I. Iberoamerican Congress on Systemic Solutions for Organisational Transformation – I. CISSTO

Contact
E-mail: info@cissto.org
Web pages: http://cissto.sesge.org/

Committed to the objective of promoting research and practice centred on Systems Thinking in Spain, Portugal and Latin America, the Spanish Society of General Systems (SESGE) is organizing a Congress focused on the presentation of “specific solutions to complex problems”, starting from the distinguishing elements under the umbrella of the concepts and methodologies Systems Thinking and Design, Cybernetics, Studies of Complexity and the impact that new technologies have on society, individuals and organizations, as we face the challenge of their transformation in the 21st century.
Conferences
The I CISSTO includes the presentation of conferences by practicing professionals and academics of recognized prestige, all within the thematic areas of the I CISSTO. If you wish to give a conference, you should ask the organizing committee: info@cissto.org
Awards
The papers presented in its three main categories (scientific articles, technical articles and posters) will be evaluated by a qualified board, with the objective of recognizing the best ones in each category. An official recognition certificate will be awarded.
Publication
Authors whose papers have a sufficient scientific and methodological basis will be invited to send a manuscript of their article, to dedicate a special edition of the International Systems Journal (RIS) to the 1st Ibero-American Congress of Systemic Solutions for the Transformation of Organizations – CISSTO.
Certificates of participation
All participants who register and present will have a certificate of participation and / or communication, issued by the Spanish Society of General Systems (SESGE) and signed by the Academic Committee and Organizer of the Congress.
Recommendations
You can choose to attend the full Congress for three days or choose one in particular. See rates on the CISSTO website
The main body of the congress will be the plenary sessions. However, there can be workshops on specific topics organized in limited groups in which early registration for participation will be required

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Sep
15
Sat
2018
Abstract deadline: 6th B.S.LAB International Symposium
Sep 15 @ 2:00 am – 12:00 pm

web: http://bslab-symposium.net/Pavia-2019/BSLAB-Symposium-Pavia-2019.htm

The Business Systems Laboratory International Symposia aim to address the global economic and social challenges of our times by systemic perspective; shedding the light on the several interactions between natural social and economic systems. The criticalities and the opportunities of our times are faced according to the cutting edge research and practice in social science.

This multidisciplinary perspective includes a wide range of fields such as: management, psychology, economics, engineering and sociology.

The Symposium is thought to create a friendly atmosphere among senior scholars, PhD students, researchers and business practitioners.

The Symposium 2019 will consider how, today, globalization is blurring the borders and the boundaries of any kind (eg. countries, markets, societies, cultures, organizations, …).

Like systems, borders are not “things out there” which exist independently by the perception of the observer. We make borders as we make systems in the attempt to simplify the interconnected complexity of reality.

Today borders still exists as the demarcation between two ideal spaces defined by the observers according to political, social, cultural and economic dimensions. Therefore we live in a world made of “borders without borders” and unlike in the past, we are now widely aware of this.

With this premise the Symposium 2019 focuses on the epistemological, theoretical, methodological, technical and practical contributions that can represent advancements in the theory and practice for sustainable well-being in the global era in and by different perspectives.

While focusing on the Systemic methodology the Symposium is also open to all the scientific approaches in order to foster constructive debates and confrontations to create new paths of research and practice.

The language of the B.S.Lab Symposia is English.

The Symposium 2019 will be structured in discussion panels and poster sessions.

The Symposium will start on Monday January 21 at 13,00 pm and end on Wednesday January 23 at 18,00 pm.

TRACK TOPICS

COMPARING SYSTEMS APPROACHES – Chair: Mike Jackson

ADVANCEMENTS IN SYSTEMIC THEORIES – Chair: Maurice Yolles

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT – Chair: Mauro Sciarelli

CORPORATE REPORTING SYSTEMS – Chairs: Maria Chiara Demartini and Valentina Beretta

EDUCATIONAL SYSTEMS – “Freedom of Science: the Truth and Its Friends” – Chair: Gerhard Fink

BUSINESS ECOSYSTEMS: Emerging Research and Opportunities – Chair: Sergey Yablonsky

BIG DATA SYSTEMS: “Data without borders” – Chair: Josué Antonio Nescolarde Selva

SOCIAL ECONOMY – Chairs: Nathalie Lachapelle and Diane-Gabrielle Tremblay

LEADERSHIP AND SYSEMIC INNOVATION – Chair: Alexander Laszlo

MARKET-ING SYSTEMS – Chairs: Gianpaolo Basile and Davide Di Fatta

KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS – Chair: Elena-Madalina Vatamanescu

SMALL AND MEDIUM SIZED ENTERPRISES (SMEs) – Chair: Salvatore Tomaselli

ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL SYSTEMS – Chair: Maurice Yolles

SYSTEM DYNAMICS – Chair: Stefano Armenia

INTERCULTURAL DIMENSIONS OF SYSTEMS THEORIES AND PRACTICES – Chairs: Steffen Roth and Vladislav Valentinov

TOURISM AND SMART LAND – Chairs: Patrizia Gazzola and Roberta Pezzetti

POSTER SESSION

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Sep
22
Sat
2018
Cybernetics Society’s 50th year conference
Sep 22 @ 10:30 am – 10:30 pm

Contact: prof. Martin Smith martincbsmith@aol.com
President of the Cybernetics Society UK
http://www.cybsoc.org/

Programme
9.30 Registration
10.00 “The Power of Systems: How Policy Sciences Opened up the Cold War World” Dr. Egle Rindzeviciute, Associate Professor (Reader) in Sociology, Kingston University London
10.45 “Sketches of Another Future: Cybernetics in Britain, 1940-2000” Prof. Andrew Pickering, Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Philosophy, University of Exeter
11.30 Break
11.45 “When Science Becomes Engineering in a Non-linear World” Prof Peter Cochrane OBE, Professor of Sentient Systems, University of Suffolk
12.30 “Systems Practice: How to Act in Situations of Uncertainty and Complexity in a Climate-Change World” Ray Ison, Professor of Systems, Open University
1.15 Lunch at Aldwych Cafe, Starbucks, Pret a Manger etc
2.30 “Radically Constructing Ethics”, Dr Ben Sweeting, Principal Lecturer, University of Brighton
3.15 “Making systems ethical: The Ethical Regulator Theorem” Mick Ashby, Archivist of the W. Ross Ashby Digital Archive, researcher in the cybernetics of ethics.
4.00 Break
4.15 “Producing Desirable Social Systems”, Prof. Raul Espejo, President of the World Organisation of Systems and Cybernetics
5.00 “Be Careful What You Wish For: The Internet of Unintended Consequences”, Wendy M. Grossman, Author and Technical Journalist
5.45 Panel question and answer session for any speaker.
Finish at 6.30 to be followed by dinner at 7.30pm at Salieri’s, Strand.

Cybernetics Society members, staff, students and alumni of King’s College are admitted free of charge. Non-members may apply to join at the conference. The membership fee for the three months to the end of the year is £5. The student membership fee for the three months is £2.50. Application forms will be made available on the day. Any applicants not subsequently approved for membership by the Council will have their fees refunded in full. To apply for membership of the Cybernetics Society follow this link. Further information may be obtained from the Secretary or the President and Conference Organiser. Information about the society is available on our website here www.cybsoc.org

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Sep
27
Thu
2018
IRDO Conference
Sep 27 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 am

13th International Scientific Conference
SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND CURRENT CHALLENGES 2018: SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN SCIENCE, EDUCATION AND BUSINESS

hosted by IRDO http://www.irdo.si/
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

The red tape of the IRDO 2018 conference is a broader insight in what science and scientists, educators and managers can and must do for both the further development, a growing human standard of living, and diminishing the risks of crises (all way to the 3rd World War and caused/natural catastrophes).

We count on your professional knowledge and practical experience, interesting theories and different solutions for solving this problem. That’s why we kindly invite you to share them with other authors and discussants, including scientific & other researchers, top consultants, other experts and experienced practitioners, with joining this conference as audience and/or with contributing your paper. Thus, much information will be collected at one spot to be applied in research and practice – therefore you should not miss this conference! Share your ideas, dilemmas, and views with speakers and other participants. The number of speakers is limited. Please find some crucial instructions for authors of papers in further reading.

We would like to welcome also youth authors of papers. Please do not hesitate to report about your work on different topics of our conference!

Please send us your registration form ASAP on e-mail: info@irdo.si.

Looking forward to enjoy your company at the 13th IRDO conference on 27th September 2018 in Maribor, Slovenia!

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Oct
15
Mon
2018
10th Eus-Ues Congress – 2018
Oct 15 @ 9:00 am – Oct 17 @ 5:00 pm

SYSTEMIC VISION OF THE CRISES
From optimization to change strategy?

https://ues2018.eu/en/a-systems-thinking-approach-of-crises-from-optimization-to-change-strategy/

WOSC contacts: Andree Piecq, Claude Lambert, Rauls Espejo, Igor Perko

Although raised many times on other congresses, the theme of crisis is still not depleted. Indeed, questions related to visible effects of crises emerge in all human activities (economy, politics, culture, education, security, architecture…)[1]. A lot of measures urgently correct the visible symptoms of problems without trying to understand the underlying logics linked to them. Yet, crisis is a multidimensional societal phenomenon that cannot be reduced to immediate consequences.

In response to these topical issues, corrective actions can be taken in order to reestablish existing structures. However, answers provided are often (in)efficient and are over the short term. Indeed, these answers do not propose a strategic purpose that could lead to a coherent, long-lasting and sustainable development.

More than ever, a system-based approach of the process through which crisis – in its various forms – emerges is essential in order to act with full awareness of the interdependence of the phenomena under study. The systems thinking approach helps the agent understanding that tackling the crisis phenomenon is not only researching the optimization of the process. The change required is of structural nature.

Even though industrial society was, at first, linked to matter and energy management, a third fundamental resource is becoming more and more important: knowledge. Treatment and diffusion technologies – such as the Internet – tend to even more virtualize our real and make quick, globalized and amplified changes possible. Informational exchanges directly influence knowledge elaboration and exchange[2].

In a complex situation, the challenge of the agent confronted to crisis and to an informational overload is to acquire a capacity of description and a relevant modeling of the regarded phenomena.

Beyond analytical apprehension of mere causes, the systems thinking approach is an efficient tool in order to model systems, identify complex factors, describe elements and their relationships. It provides the agent the necessary elements to understand the real which will allow him/her to build a contextualized strategic purpose. Then, this strategic purpose will lead to actions which will have structural and long lasting impacts. The current “element in crisis” game and their relationships is thus not simply optimized (first cybernetic), but well replaced by a different game involving uncertainties, taking advantage of information technologies, integrating new knowledge and strategies (second cybernetic). Crises are no longer considered as simple adaptations of pre-crises systems, but as potential sources of emergence of new structures. These are generated by the integration of new knowledge and technologies, the improvement of resources management and the redefinition of a sociopolitical balance.

The objective of the 10th congress of the European Union for Systemics (EUS) is to develop a systemic representation of the processes inherent to crises during interdisciplinary meetings, combined with a trans-disciplinary vision. This systemic representation will provide theoretic, methodological and practical tools applicable to specific cases of systems in crisis. All these resources will help the agent taking relevant actions for the benefit of a society willing to reach a high level of sustainability for future generations[3].

Topics for the congress / Sujets pour le congrès

The main topics will be:

systemic modelling of crises processes;
identification of crises types and factors;
systemic interventions on crises;
political crises and governance;
growth and development, durability and sustainability;
concept and representation of crises through various disciplines;
historical context of the emergence of the crisis concept;
adaptation and transformation;
economic crises;
housing crises and precariousness;
family unit in crises;
prevention and crises solving;
crises resources;

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Oct
30
Tue
2018
Special Issue on Model-Based Governance in a Sustainable World: @ Journal of Simulation
Oct 30 @ 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm

https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/tjsm20/current

To address challenges in Computer modelling and simulation and dealing with the main issues of “sustainability” and “effective impacts achievement”, the scope of this special issue includes the following topics:

understanding and representing dynamic complexity and interdependencies;
promoting the understanding of short, medium and long term consequences of the policies carried out;
performing scenario analyses;
exploiting the growing amount of available data (so-called big data), that present significant problems of interpretation and management for policy-makers, in simulation;
combining the nowadays many available modelling tools and techniques so capture the sometime intrinsic multidisciplinary nature of problems (i.e.: combining ABM to describe agents behavior with SD, to describe the behavior of strategic level variables in a certain multilayered system), so to be also able share and exploit the knowledge of different domain specialists;
building and using simulation models and games for decision support under uncertainty and to support long-term policy analyses;
developing advanced simulation tools for testing the resilience of business and governance systems.
managing unpredictability and uncertainty;
performing evaluation of outcomes that are difficult to measure;
achieving effective impacts through organizational resilience and sustainable governance;
supporting sustainable development through policy-modelling and simulation.
The SI is open to practical contributions as well as theoretical papers covering the list of aforementioned topics. Papers reporting and presenting methodological and technological advances related to the application of simulation modelling-related theory and/or practice will be particularly welcome.

Submission instructions
Papers must be unpublished and must not be submitted for publication elsewhere. Papers should follow the Guidelines for authors.

Editorial information
Guest Editor: Stefano Armenia, Link Campus University, Roma, Italy (s.armenia@unilink.it)
Guest Editor: Federico Barnabè, University of Siena, Siena, Italy (federico.barnabe@unisi.it)
Guest Editor: Davide Secchi, University of Southern Denmark, Slagelse, Denmark (secchi@sdu.dk)

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Oct
31
Wed
2018
Special Issue “Sustainability for Healthcare” @ Sustainability — Open Access Journal
Oct 31 @ 7:00 am – 11:00 pm

Special Issue Information
Dear Colleagues,

Link:
http://www.mdpi.com/journal/sustainability/special_issues/Sustainability_Healthcare

Sustainability, as a research topic, is generally investigated to advance studies about environmental, cultural, economic, and social sustainability. More specifically, in the context of managerial and organizational studies, sustainability is largely investigated in terms of what organizations can contribute to the global challenges of sustainability.

By reversing the perspective (and in order to self-reinforce the engagement of organizations to sustainability), this Special Issue aims to investigate what “sustainability”, as a science, can contribute to people and organizations in the context of healthcare.

Healthcare is a worldwide concern. Indeed, it is the third of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—“Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages”; it is also strongly related to most of the other SGDs.

Envisioning a transformational change in the management of healthcare, inspired by and to sustainability, this Special Issue welcomes manuscripts that advance studies in the fields of environmental, social, and economic sciences that can contribute the knowledge necessary to effectively manage healthcare and healthcare organizations in the light of a sustainability paradigm.

Adopting multi-, inter-, and trans-disciplinary perspectives and a systems approach, expected submissions cover the following topics:

Sustainability science for healthcare management
Sustainability values in healthcare management
Systems management for sustainability in healthcare organizations
Sustainability knowledge management in healthcare organizations
The role of healthcare organizations in sustainable development
Education for healthcare sustainability
Engagement to sustainability in healthcare organizations
New technologies for healthcare sustainability
Measures of sustainability for healthcare organizations
Healthcare and SDGs
This Special Issue is promoted by the Pharmanomics Interdepartmental Research Center, University of Salerno, Italy (http://www.pharmanomics.unisa.it/), the IASS, Italian Association for Sustainability Science, (http://www.scienzasostenibilita.org/) and the ASVSA, Association for Research on Viable Systems, (www.asvsa.org), Italy.

Prof. Sergio Barile
Prof. Marialuisa Saviano
Dr. Francesco Caputo
Guest Editors

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Nov
15
Thu
2018
SI: The Challenge of Sustainable Development for organisations @ International journal journal PuntOorg
Nov 15 @ 12:00 am – 11:00 pm

Special issue:
The Challenge of Sustainable Development for organisations: the role of Model-based frameworks through systemic approaches

journal PuntOorg SI web site: https://www.puntoorginternationaljournal.org/index.php/PIJ/announcement/view/1

Guest Editors:

– Ing. Stefano Armenia – Link Campus University, Rome, Italy, s.armenia@unilink.it

– Dr. Francesca Iandolo – Università degli Studi di Roma “Sapienza”, Rome, Italy, francesca.iandolo@uniroma1.it

– Dr. Elena Claire Ricci – Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy, elenaclaire.ricci@unimi.it

In recent years, organisations are faced with a growing complexity of their internal and external environment. This poses evident challenges but may also provide interesting opportunities for organisations to develop competitive advantages in an extremely interconnected context. Often organisations try to respond to this by recurring to the analysis of large quantities of data, often aimed at guiding strategic decisions. However, the availability of such often overabundant amounts of data makes it quite difficult to evaluate the results emerging from them: the issue is to transform an often overwhelming amount of information in actual knowledge for the organisation, so that this can provide insights for present and future organisational models and strategies with a view to the sustainability of the organisation itself.

The main topic on which this Special Issue (SI) is based on is the concept of Model-based Sustainable Development, that is the development of organizational models that allow complex organizations to identify, study and evaluate strategies which may guide the main dynamical behavior of the organization over time, and which allow organizations to become “smart”, to learn, and eventually change, their internal processes, in order to improve their chances of achieving their strategic goals.

Modeling the processes that characterize complex organizations is not an easy task, so this SI aims to attract contributions displaying various systemic methodologies, especially those ones capable of accounting for non-linearity, path-dependency and time lags, and that may allow also for organisational and social learning (i.e.: Systems Thinking, System Dynamics, ABM, etc.).

The focus will hence be on how such methodologies, by also making use of modelling and simulation, might provide advantages in finding new ways of reaching good governance and sustainability.

Indeed, sustainable development requires organisations to rethink their goals and/or business models, with effects on their day-to-day activities. Pursuing to become more sustainable is not only a need for marketing reasons but also an opportunity of growth and of alignment with emerging trends. However, managing the complexity of sustainability is not straightforward and requires tools that are able to capture and jointly take into account a wide variety of interrelated factors.

This Special Issue (SI) aims at exploring how a Model-based Sustainable Development approach can guide organisations in tackling such complex issues. Contributions discussing possible organisational models for sustainable transitions are particularly welcome. Moreover, the SI aims at shedding light on how to balance the knowledge coming from managers, operators and working groups with data-driven information and guide their decision-making processes, at the same time providing insights on how to tackle the new challenges and identify possible pathways that go far beyond the simple optimisation of past models, taking advantage of classical and newly developed tools. Last but not least, contributions will help readers evaluate how through a Model-based Sustainable Development approach, the management of organisational knowledge and strategic learning, as well as the dynamic evaluations of strategies and performance, can be fostered and hence broader perspectives on how to integrate the multilevel dimensions of the issues at stake can be achieved.

More in detail, contributions are expected to tackle one or more of the following themes:

Smart, Intelligent and Resilient organizations
Decision making processes
Sustainable organizational change
Sustainable Development in various domains (social, environmental, economic, industrial, etc.)
Model-based strategy development
Policy impact assessment through systemic models

The SI aims at reaching out to both academics and practitioners interested in addressing such topics. Therefore, the SI is oriented to academic-based articles as well as to rigorous practice-based contributions.

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Eurocast 2019 abstract Deadline
Nov 15 @ 2:00 am – 5:00 am

Along the years, the key of the Eurocast Conferences had been the quality of the participants contributions, that we have to acknowledge in the first place. They made possible, by the Springer LNCS, the worldwide distribution of Eurocast most important effects: bringing over the years scientists and engineers of different age, background and academic institutions, together to share their experience in the design and analysis of systems using advanced mathematical methods for model-building and efficient algorithms for computer implementations. All in a multidisciplinary atmosphere which facilitated the appearance and discussion of new creative ideas and developments. We must thank and congratulate you again, participants all from the beginnings.
Franz Pichler, Roberto Moreno-Díaz
Preliminary Workshop list
1. Systems Theory and Applications.
2. Pioneers and Landmarks in the development of Information and 3. Stochastic Models and Applications to Natural, Social and
4. Theory and Applications of Metaheuristic Algorithms.
5. Model-Based System Design, Verification and Simulation
6. Applications of Signal Processing Technology
7. Artificial Intelligence and Data Mining for Intelligent Transportation 8. Computer Vision, Machine Learning for Image Analysis and
9. Computer and Systems Based Methods and Electronic technologies in Medicine
10. Systems Concepts and Methods in Touristic Flows
11.Systems in Industrial Robotics, Automation and IoT

more on http://eurocast2019.fulp.ulpgc.es/

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Nov
28
Wed
2018
I Cissto
Nov 28 @ 9:00 am – Nov 30 @ 5:00 pm

I. Iberoamerican Congress on Systemic Solutions for Organisational Transformation – I. CISSTO

Contact
E-mail: info@cissto.org
Web pages: www.cissto.org, www.sesge.org

Committed to the objective of promoting research and practice centred on Systems Thinking in Spain, Portugal and Latin America, the Spanish Society of General Systems (SESGE) is organizing a Congress focused on the presentation of “specific solutions to complex problems”, starting from the distinguishing elements under the umbrella of the concepts and methodologies Systems Thinking and Design, Cybernetics, Studies of Complexity and the impact that new technologies have on society, individuals and organizations, as we face the challenge of their transformation in the 21st century.
Conferences
The I CISSTO includes the presentation of conferences by practicing professionals and academics of recognized prestige, all within the thematic areas of the I CISSTO. If you wish to give a conference, you should ask the organizing committee: info@cissto.org
Awards
The papers presented in its three main categories (scientific articles, technical articles and posters) will be evaluated by a qualified board, with the objective of recognizing the best ones in each category. An official recognition certificate will be awarded.
Publication
Authors whose papers have a sufficient scientific and methodological basis will be invited to send a manuscript of their article, to dedicate a special edition of the International Systems Journal (RIS) to the 1st Ibero-American Congress of Systemic Solutions for the Transformation of Organizations – CISSTO.
Certificates of participation
All participants who register and present will have a certificate of participation and / or communication, issued by the Spanish Society of General Systems (SESGE) and signed by the Academic Committee and Organizer of the Congress.
Recommendations
You can choose to attend the full Congress for three days or choose one in particular. See rates on the CISSTO website
The main body of the congress will be the plenary sessions. However, there can be workshops on specific topics organized in limited groups in which early registration for participation will be required

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