Special Issue "Systemic Decision Making"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Patrick T. Hester

Department of Management and Accountancy, University of North Carolina Asheville, Asheville, NC 28804, USA
Interests: systemic thinking, multi-criteria decision making, performance measurement and management, complex systems modeling
Guest Editor
Dr. Kevin MacG. Adams

Department of Computer Information Systems and Technology, University of Maryland University College, Largo, MD 20774, USA
Interests: systems design, non-functional requirements, transdisciplinarity, systemic decision making

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

As the world becomes more interconnected and integrated, few truly separable problems of any consequence remain. We face a world full of interrelated problems, or to borrow from Russell Ackoff’s terminology, messes. As a result, the messes we routinely face require increasingly sophisticated methods to understand, address, and control (in keeping with Ashby’s law of requisite variety). This sophistication often requires that we reach across disciplinary boundaries and embrace inter- and transdisciplinary approaches. This Special Issue focuses on the fusion of systems thinking and decision making, resulting in what the authors term systemic decision making (Hester and Adams, 2017). Papers are welcomed that operate at the intersection of the systems of thinking and decision making, and that focus on any of the areas of problem structuring, increasing mess understanding, stakeholder involvement, executing an intervention, and analyzing intervention efficacy, or any related area. Theoretical as well as practical case studies are welcomed.

Dr. Patrick T. Hester
Dr. Kevin MacG. Adams
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • systemic decision making
  • transdisciplinary approaches
  • complementarity
  • stakeholder analysis and management
  • complexity analysis
  • systems theory
  • modeling paradigms

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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