Special Issue "Enhancing Sustainable Performance in Organizational and Inter-Institutional Systems"


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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2014)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Graham Winch

24 Church Street, Modbury, Devon PL21 0QR, UK
Website: http://www.plymouth.ac.uk/staff/gwinch#
Interests: strategic visioning and process visualisation across a number of strategic issue areas using system dynamics diagramming and simulation approaches
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Carmine Bianchi

CED4-System Dynamics Group, University of Palermo, Via Mazzini, 59 - 90100 Palermo, Italy
Website: http://ced4.academia.edu/CarmineBianchi
Interests: wide scope of applications of system dynamics modeling to performance management in the public sector and in SMEs; sustainability management; planning; organization studies

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Sustainability is not just for Christmas… it’s for life. Sustainable solutions, whether sought in terms of business strategies, social policies, or the exploitation of natural resources have to serve organizations and communities in the long term, sometimes very long term, as well as the short term. Static analysis is unlikely to be able to evaluate candidate solutions fully, and is more likely to focus on the short-term future to the detriment of the longer-term. Sustainable solutions are more likely to be developed from studies based on deep analysis using systems approaches, and from system dynamics (SD) approaches in particular.
Further, isolated approaches for enhancing sustainability management in real organizational and inter-organizational contexts run the risk of leading to ‘unsustainable’ implementations if such models do not properly fit with the currently used performance management systems. So, what kind of support can dynamic modeling give to wider (strategic) performance management systems? What ‘missing links’ (or information gaps) in how traditional performance management approaches support decision makers to frame sustainability issues can be filled by dynamics system modeling?
This special issue plans to publish new and imaginative insights into sustainability and the processes in seeking and evaluating strategies for sustainability using systems approaches. The issue welcomes, but is not limited to, articles using system dynamics either as the prime approach or in conjunction with other systems and management approaches.

Prof. Dr. Graham Winch
Prof. Dr. Carmine Bianchi
Guest Editors


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  • sustainability
  • policy and strategy design
  • dynamic modeling
  • long- vs. short-term
  • performance management & evaluation
  • public management
  • SME growth and sustainability
  • value generation in public/private sector collaboration

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p. 62-80
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Systems 2015, 3(3), 62-80; doi:10.3390/systems3030062
Received: 11 February 2015 / Revised: 2 May 2015 / Accepted: 23 June 2015 / Published: 30 June 2015
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Systems 2015, 3(2), 45-59; doi:10.3390/systems3020045
Received: 9 March 2015 / Accepted: 18 May 2015 / Published: 2 June 2015
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Systems 2015, 3(2), 27-44; doi:10.3390/systems3020027
Received: 9 February 2015 / Revised: 14 April 2015 / Accepted: 24 April 2015 / Published: 4 May 2015
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Systems 2015, 3(1), 6-26; doi:10.3390/systems3010006
Received: 4 November 2014 / Accepted: 21 January 2015 / Published: 27 January 2015
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Systems 2013, 1(2), 29; doi:10.3390/systems1020029
Received: 6 May 2013 / Accepted: 6 May 2013 / Published: 13 May 2013
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