Special Issue "Enhancing Sustainable Performance in Organizational and Inter-Institutional Systems"
A special issue of Systems (ISSN 2079-8954).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2014
Prof. Dr. Graham Winch
24 Church Street, Modbury, Devon PL21 0QR, UK
Phone: +44 1548 830816
Interests: strategic visioning and process visualisation across a number of strategic issue areas using system dynamics diagramming and simulation approaches
Prof. Dr. Carmine Bianchi
CED4-System Dynamics Group, University of Palermo, Via Mazzini, 59 - 90100 Palermo, Italy
Phone: +39 338.9244463
Interests: wide scope of applications of system dynamics modeling to performance management in the public sector and in SMEs; sustainability management; planning; organization studies
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
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- 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
Announcement: Special Issue: Enhancing Sustainable Performance in Organizational and Inter-Institutional Systems
Systems 2013, 1(2), 29; doi:10.3390/systems1020029
Received: 6 May 2013; Accepted: 6 May 2013 / Published: 13 May 2013| Download PDF Full-text (52 KB) | View HTML Full-text | Download XML Full-text
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Type of Paper: Article
Title: How to Design Control Systems for Sustainability: A Case Study of the Home
Author: Kazutoshi Fujihira
Affiliation: Institute of Environmentology, Tokyo, 206-0025 Japan; E-Mail: email@example.com
Abstract: Control science can be applied to all kinds of goal-oriented tasks including the achievement of sustainability. Our previous study has provided the two-step preparatory work for controlling human activities sustainably. Here this study, based on this two-step preparatory work, demonstrates a design method for sustainable human activities with a case study of the home. In the case of the home, the two steps are (1) ‘determining the relationship between the standard home and sustainability’ and (2) ‘sustainability checkup on a home as an object.’ We derive two functions from these two steps, that is, the “sustainable design guidelines” from Step 1 and the “sustainability checklist” from Step 2 respectively. Utilizing these two functions, we have designed a home and moreover constructed it. The results of the case study show that this simple design method enables us to achieve sustainable homes easily, comprehensively and systematically. Therefore, it implies that widely applying this design method to various units of human activities leads to a shortcut to sustainability.
Keywords: sustainable design guidelines; sustainability checklist; material elements; spatial elements
Last update: 9 December 2013