Special Issue "Governance Change in Organizational and Territorial Systems"

A special issue of Systems (ISSN 2079-8954).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 March 2018)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Gianpaolo Basile

Faculty of Tourism Science, Universitas Mercatorum, Rome, Italy
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Interests: place marketing and management, consumer behaviour

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Today, the constant need to interact with numerous and heterogeneous stakeholders marks the viability of all complex systems. These conditions are stimulating important changes, both in governance and in operative approaches, modifying existing models and structures. Every level of any organization is expected to deliver adaptive solutions to cope with increasing complexity.

There is a global need to promote political and operative conditions, allowing companies, social communities, and public institutions to freely share social objectives (such as the “company for benefit” model or the creation of more adequate eco-systems to foster start-ups proposed by the EU). The required changes imply a new governance of operative sub-systems, and a shift from top–down to bottom–up decision making to cope with social and economic dynamics.

These changes entail a wide range of systemic issues, at every level and for everyone involved in organizations, as well in territorial systems and informal communities.

This Special Issue aims to foster scientific debate around relevant topics, such as:

  • the role of the individual in the system
  • experiential, emotional, social and economic relations between individuals and systems
  • governance systems
  • decision making
  • place and territorial systems
  • modeling for corporate as complex adaptive system
  • Holonic systems

Dr. Gianpaolo Basile
Guest Editor

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Open AccessArticle Mapping Digital Co-Creation for Urban Communities and Public Places
Received: 31 March 2018 / Revised: 26 April 2018 / Accepted: 27 April 2018 / Published: 3 May 2018
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Increasingly digital communication, social media and computing networks put the end-users at the center of innovation processes, thus shifting the emphasis from technologies to people. In the private sector, this shift to user-centricity has been conceptualized under such approaches as Service-Dominant Logic and
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Increasingly digital communication, social media and computing networks put the end-users at the center of innovation processes, thus shifting the emphasis from technologies to people. In the private sector, this shift to user-centricity has been conceptualized under such approaches as Service-Dominant Logic and Open Innovation 2.0. Public sector conceptualizes the change through the New Public Governance and Open Government paradigms and suggest that the public value is no longer created by the governments alone but in collaboration between the public entities, private sector, civil society organizations and citizens. While traditional approaches to public engagement and governmental transformations remain relevant, this article focuses on the growing potential of networked urban communities to solve the social problems. It expands the co-creation research field and suggests a typology discerning co-creation patterns when enhancing the public spaces with a community-wide participation with the use of creative, innovative and cooperative Information and Communication Technologies’ applications. The sample for web-based monitoring consists of 10 digital applications linked with design and improvement of public spaces in Vilnius, Lithuania. The proposed typology framework gives an overview of the state-of-art in the interaction between people, places and technology. The research helps to discern how different technological, organizational and other social factors influence and shape the patterns of co-creative initiatives. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Online Academic Networks as Knowledge Brokers: The Mediating Role of Organizational Support
Received: 21 March 2018 / Revised: 7 April 2018 / Accepted: 10 April 2018 / Published: 14 April 2018
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Placing online academic networks in the framework of social, cultural and institutional “deterritorialization,” the current paper aims at investigating the functionality of these new forms of transnational and trans-organizational aggregations as knowledge brokers. The emphasis is laid on the influence of human collective
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Placing online academic networks in the framework of social, cultural and institutional “deterritorialization,” the current paper aims at investigating the functionality of these new forms of transnational and trans-organizational aggregations as knowledge brokers. The emphasis is laid on the influence of human collective intelligence and consistent knowledge flows on research innovation, considering the role of organizational support within higher education systems. In this respect, the research relied on a questionnaire-based survey with 140 academics from European emerging countries, the data collected being processed via a partial least squares structural equation modelling technique. Evidence was brought that, as knowledge brokers, online academic networks are systems aimed to support the access to human collective intelligence and consistent knowledge flows which exert a positive influence on research innovation, both directly and indirectly, by means of formal and informal organizational support. As facilitators of collaborative environments for individuals with specialized knowledge, competence, expertise and experience, online academic networks have set themselves up as an agora for academics worldwide and as an outlet for their acumen and literacy. Full article
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