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Systems 2017, 5(2), 42; doi:10.3390/systems5020042

Identification of Sustainability Key Factors Based on Capturing Dominant Feedbacks of Behavioural Stereotypes in Socio-Economic Systems

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Faculty of Informatics and Management, University of Hradec Králové, Rokitanského 62, 50003 Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
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Department of Management, Vysoká škola Manažmentu/City University of Seattle, Panónska cesta 17, 851 04 Bratislava, Slovakia
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Received: 17 March 2017 / Revised: 19 May 2017 / Accepted: 13 June 2017 / Published: 15 June 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Leadership for Sustainable Socio-Ecological Systems)
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Abstract

Sustainability represents a system attribute that is widely investigated in many disciplines. System dynamics is mostly used for modelling specific issues. Not only can this methodology be used for this purpose, it can also be applied for the identification of behavioural stereotypes and consequent designation of variables that shape sustainability of the system. Based on the set of interviews with a sample of socio-economic system representatives, stereotypes are captured and modelled with the help of causal loop diagrams. After several modelling iterations that synchronised the acquired models with the obtained responses, four main key stereotypes were identified-quality, ego, competence, and motivation. Both dominant feedback loops and important multi-input and multi-output variables are used for their description. Thus, the models provide an endogenous explanation of their importance for sustainability and help to identify its key factors. View Full-Text
Keywords: system dynamics; causal loop diagram; sustainability; stereotypes; feedback loops; socio-economic system system dynamics; causal loop diagram; sustainability; stereotypes; feedback loops; socio-economic system
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Bureš, V.; Rácz, F. Identification of Sustainability Key Factors Based on Capturing Dominant Feedbacks of Behavioural Stereotypes in Socio-Economic Systems. Systems 2017, 5, 42.

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