Professor Jackson, Michael firstname.lastname@example.org President ISSS
Professor Wu, Jie, President CSSS
Professor Song, Jian, President, Chinese Academy of Engineering
Professor Cheng, Siwei, Head, Dept. of Management Science, National Natural Science Foundation of China
Programme and Organizing Committee
Dr. Banathy, Bela email@example.com
Dr. Collen, Arne firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Corning, Peter email@example.com
Dr. Dubrovsky, Vitaly firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Finlayson, Denis email@example.com
Mrs Gibbs, Doreen firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Herrscher, Enrique Eherrsch@ideamail.com.ar
Dr. Lazlo, Alexander Syntony.email@example.com
Dr. McIntyre, Janet firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Murray, Peter email@example.com
Dr. Nakamori, Yoshi firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Nelson, Anne email@example.com
Professor Rhee, Pil firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Sabelli, Hector email@example.com
Dr. Smith, Charles firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms Wilby, Jennifer email@example.com
Dr. Yolles, Maurice firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Zhu, Zhichang email@example.com
Special Guest Speaker The Ludwig von Bertalanffy lecture
Professor John Warfield
Deadline for final papers is April 15th, 2002
All abstracts, in electronic format, are to be sent to:
Doreen Gibbs, D.E.Gibbs@hull.ac.uk
If email is not possible they may be sent to:
Chair, Professor Mike Jackson
University of Hull Business School
University of Hull
Hull, HU6 7RX
Phone: +44 1482 466309
Fax: +44 1482 466096
Individuals are limited to two papers. Submissions(s) must be in both hard copy (printed) and 3.5" floppy diskette in a commonly used word processing program. All final papers to be sent to:
Ms. Jennifer Wilby, 59 Browning Road, Pocklington, York, YO42 2GN, UK
Ms. Wilby may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org Tel. +44 1759 302718
Registration Forms and Payment
The Registration Form, see attached at the end of this document, and full payment must accompany abstracts. The payment will be refunded if the abstract is not accepted.
Send abstracts to Doreen Gibbs at the address given above. Abstracts will then be forwarded to the appropriate SIG and special themes organisers. . If relevant, you may state in which SIG the abstract is to be considered for inclusion. We cannot guarantee inclusion of any abstract that does not follow this route.
The abstract should give an overview of your main theses, methods by which you plan to support your ideas and, if appropriate, a description of the case studies you plan to present.
Abstracts can be a full page in length, figures may be included, but do not go over the one page limit. Use the paper style guidelines for abstract style. Abstracts do not need to be submitted on disc. For presentations at the distributed site abstracts must be submitted to Dr Bela Banathy. Abstracts should be submitted by February 15th, 2002.
The abstracts will be reviewed and the acceptance of papers
will be based on the reviews.
Submission of Papers
Papers are to be submitted in the specified computer format on disc. Please follow the paper style guidelines as presented at the end of this call for papers. Individuals are limited to two papers. Papers presented at the distributed site will be included in the published proceedings from the main site on one CD ROM. All papers submitted to distributed site must follow the same time schedule for submitting abstracts and final papers and use the same style guidelines as those submitted to the main site.
If your paper is intended for a specific SIG, please submit it both to Jennifer Wilby and the appropriate SIG chair. Jennifer Wilby must receive both hard and disc copies of your paper by April 15th, 2002. The SIG chair may only require a hard copy.
After submission, papers may be edited. Jennifer Wilby and Janet Allen will be the general editors, but they will co-opt experts in different areas for assistance. We will attempt to forward your paper to you after editing for your approval, but that may not always be possible.
The Sir Geoffrey Vickers Memorial Award
In memory of the humanistic vision of Sir Geoffrey Vickers and his deep commitment to, and belief in, the power of young people to contribute creatively to the betterment of the human condition, a plaque and check for $500 will be awarded for the best student paper. The Award recognizes outstanding work done in the domain of the systems sciences, and is considered the most prestigious prize in the field at the pre-doctoral level. The competition takes place only once a year, and is open to all students from any country. Although the student's advisor may be a co-author, it is understood that this award is meant to recognize student accomplishment and the paper should reflect principally the work of the student. At the time of paper submission, please indicate if your paper is to be considered for the Vickers Award and certify that this work was performed while you were a student. (You may have since received your degree.)
A distributed site for the annual conference is being planned for in the USA. Depending on available technology, plenary sessions may be video streamed. Other means of sharing sessions will be utilized as needed. Papers presented at the distributed site will be included in published proceedings.
For the USA distributed site contact:
Dr. Bela Banathy,
The conference theme has been chosen to direct attention to four very important aspects of systems thinking : The use of a transdisciplinary approach, in practice, to deal with problem situations involving complexity and change.
Complexity and change are frequently identified as the two most significant (and obviously interrelated) features of twenty-first century operations, organizations, communities and societies, and their environments. The systems community, and the ISSS in particular, sees systems thinking as the most effective response to these features, especially in terms of our ability to manage them in order to achieve sustainable improvement. The 46th Annual Meeting of the ISSS, to be held in Shanghai, China, is devoted to the use of systems thinking to manage complexity and change in the full knowledge that the scale, differentiation and multiple interdependencies found in Chinese society, together with its dynamism and current state of transition, pose the most severe challenges to the capabilities of systems thinking.
Systems thinking promotes holism as its primary intellectual strategy for handling complexity. Instead of analysing complex systems by breaking them down into their parts, it advocates studying them as `wholes' using concepts such as boundary, emergency, hierarchy, communication and control. These core systems ideas can also be employed to construct systems methodologies and methods for treating problems caused by organizational and societal complexity in a systemic manner.
Systems thinking has been fascinated by the tensions between stability and change, and has embraced a process philosophy in order to grasp the way systems develop over time. It advocates studying them as `wholes' changing according to their own internal dynamics and in interrelationship with their environments. To this end it employs concepts such as positive and negative feedback, relationships, input and output, thesis, anti-thesis and synthesis, chaos and dissipative structures. Again, these central ideas can be incorporated in systems methodologies and methods to provide guidelines for productive intervention in change processes.
In learning about complexity and change, and how to cope with them in beneficial ways, the ISSS has long advocated transdisciplinarity. This was indeed the common feature of the four aims of the Society for General System Research (the forerunner of ISSS) as stated by its founders in 1954. Concepts, laws and models developed in particular fields were to be investigated to see if they could be properly transferred to other areas of concern which were less well developed, theoretically speaking. The problems of the twenty-first century, associated with complexity and change, demand the identification and general transmission of such concepts, laws and models in whatever field they were originally developed in order to enhance our capacity to bring possible solutions to the fore. Systems thinking remains the best hope that this can be achieved.
Finally the use of the word `managing', in the conference theme, suggests that we are interested in the practical application of systems ideas. It can be convincingly argued that the greatest success of systems thinking in recent years has been its ability to translate theoretical notions into the practical domain through the use of systems methodologies, models and methods. The further refinement of these methodologies, models and methods, together with consideration of how we can use them in combination to tackle the multi-faceted problem situations we face, will be very much to the fore in this conference.
Please bring, to the conference in Shanghai, systems thinking which is based upon a transdisciplinary approach and which is practically relevant so that we can together learn how to confront the challenges posed by complexity and change.
Integration of Theme and Sub-Themes
Papers which integrate the conference theme and sub-themes listed below are especially invited.
Ongoing ISSS Sub-themes in Systems Science
As always we are interested in any papers dealing with general systems topics including focus on the economy, business and industry, information systems design and information technology, medical and health systems, psychology and psychiatry, systems design in education, system studies of climate change, systems approaches to intelligence, and applied systems and development; and the systems approaches of duality theory, futurism and systems change, thermodynamics and systems theory, spirituality and systems, critical systems theory and practice, evolutionary learning community, hierarchy theory, systems philosophy and systems ethics, systems modeling and simulation, meta-modeling and systems epistemology, research towards general theories of systems, living systems analysis, processes and human processes, human systems inquiry, and evolution and complexity. See the call for papers from individual SIG (Special Integration Group) chairs below.
ISSS Special Integration Group's (SIG) Call for Papers:
|Information Systems Design||
|Human Systems Enquiry||
|Evolutionary Learning Community||
Alexander and Kathia
|Applied Systems and Development||
|Women and Children in Community Systems||
|Systems Applications to Business and Industry||
|Critical Systems Thinking||
Mike C. Jackson
|Spirituality and Systems||
|Foundations of Information Science||
|Failure and Compexity||
|Creative and Destructive Processes||
|Aging and Health from a Systemic Perspective||
|Complexity and Financial Systems||
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
|Complexity and Management||
|Participatory Design for Wellbeing , Health and Development in a Global Age||
|Knowledge Science and Management||
|Systems Methodology East and West||
|Systems Science and Engineering in China||
Maurice Yolles - email@example.com
Paul lles - firstname.lastname@example.org
2002 PAPER STYLE GUIDELINES
DEADLINE FOR FORMATTED PAPERS IS APRIL 15, 2002. SUBMISSIONS AFTER THIS DATE WILL NOT BE INCLUDED IN THE CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS.
SUBMIT PAPERS TO:
59 Browning Road
York YO42 2GN
PREPARATION, LENGTH AND PRINTING
A printed (hard) copy of all papers must be submitted along with an electronic submission on a 3.5" diskette. Alternatively a printed copy may be submitted by mail and the electronic version submitted by E-mail – please be sure that you note this on both submissions. However, if papers are submitted by E-mail, they should be sent as attached files with a description in the body of the message as to what word processing package has been used to create them.
The printed copy of the paper will be used for review and to ensure correct layout. The primary author's last name and page numbers should be written in blue pencil on the lower right hand side of the back of the hard copy of the manuscript. A copy must also be sent to your panel chair IF YOU KNOW WHO THIS WILL BE.
Insert page numbers on the electronic version in the footer of each page beginning with page number 1, centered in 12 point regular type (not bold).
Insert headers on the top of each page, centered in 12 point bold type using a shortened version of your paper title. Headers should not exceed one line.
Disks can be either IBM or Macintosh format; the files should be saved in Microsoft Word format, Version 6 for either Macintosh or Windows machines. Any other word-processing package must be approved prior to submission. Artwork and tables should be pasted into the Word document.
The length of the paper should not exceed 20 pages, including title/summary page and references. Do not start a new page after the title and abstract. Pages must be single-spaced. Type on one side only. Skip a single line between paragraphs of text. Do not indent the first line of each paragraph. Paragraphs should be both right and left justified.
TYPEFACE, PAPER SIZE AND MARGINS
The preferred typeface is Times New Roman. The type size is 12 points. Please use the page set-up command to ensure that your paper is prepared on US LETTER size paper (8-1/2 by 11 inches). Leave one-inch margins at the top and the bottom of the page; 1.25 inches on both right and left sides.
TITLE AND AFFILIATIONS
The title should be written on the first line of the first page, centered in upper case bold capital letters, 12 point font.
The authors' names should be centered two lines below the full title in upper and lower case bold letters.
Affiliation and mailing address should follow on the next line, centered in upper and lower case letters (not bold). The corresponding author (to whom correspondence should be sent) should be indicated on the manuscript.
Please enter a short running title as the header at the top of each page except the first. This running title should be centered, 1/2 inch from the top of the page in 12 point type in bold upper and lower case letters.
ABSTRACT AND KEYWORDS
Two lines below the title and affiliation, type the heading 93ABSTRACT94 and then after one line space, start a brief abstract as the first paragraph of the paper. You may use your program abstract or a suitable alternative.
At the end of the summary, skip a line and then type "Keywords:" (underlined and followed by a colon) followed by up to five (5) words that describe the focus and contribution of the paper. The summary should follow the title, author's name, and mailing address on the first page. Skip two lines and then begin the body of the paper (after an Introduction heading, if needed) immediately after the summary. Do not begin a new page.
Headings are NOT NUMBERED. All major headings are centered in bold in 12 point font. Do not put a period after the text of the heading. Leave two lines above a major heading, and one line clear below before the start of the next paragraph or second-level heading.
Subheadings (Second-Level Heading)
Subheadings are flush left, in 12 point type and bold and upper and lower (title) case as shown. There should be one line space before and one line space after this level of heading, as shown in the subheading for this paragraph.
Sub-subheading Looks Like This
Sub-subheadings are flush left, in italics, upper and lower (title) case and in 12 point type. There should be one line space before this level of heading, but no line space between this heading and the following paragraph (as illustrated above).
The electronic version of the art should be included on the diskette or E-mail transmittal and incorporated into the word-processing file. DO NOT FLOAT GRAPHICS OR TABLES WITH TEXT, they must be placed where called approximately or all placed at the end of the file.
Figures should be labelled as "Figure X. Description of Diagram."
Figure captions should be typed directly below the figure, in bold 12 point type, upper and lower (title) case and centered.
Table captions should be centered below the table. Tables should be included in the manuscript proper and referred to in the text as "Table X. Description of Table." Table titles should be in bold 12 point type, upper and lower (title) case and centered..
When numbering equations, enclose numbers in brackets [ ] and place them flush with the right-hand margin. Refer to them in the text as "Equation [x]".
List bibliographic references at the end of the paper under the major heading "References". List authors alphabetically by the first letter of the first author's last name. References should be identified in the text of the paper by typing the corresponding name and year in parenthesis. If a page number is included, it should be set as (author, year, page number). DO NOT NUMBER REFERENCES, they must be alphabetical and unnumbered.
References should have a half-inch hanging indent as shown below and there should be no extra lines between references.
Book titles and names of journals should be printed in italics, not underlined. The format for the reference section should be as follows:
Author, A. (1991). Title of Book., XYZ Press, Place
Author, B., and Author, A. (1995). "Title of Paper," Journal., 3(1):1-20.
Author, C., Author, A., Author, B. and Jones, G. (1996). "Title of Paper," in Title of Book, (E. Editor, ed.), XYZ Press, Place of Publication.
For multiple publications in the same year by the same author:
Bauthor, B., and Aauthor, A. (1995a). "Title of PaperA," Journal. 3(1):1-20.
Bauthor, B., and Aauthor, A. (1995b). "Title of PaperB," Journal. 16(4):25-50.
NON-CONFORMITY OF SUBMISSIONS
Paper submissions that do not conform to these guidelines WILL be returned to the author(s) for re-submission before the Proceedings deadline. Revised papers must be re-submitted in both a hard copy and a diskette, or an electronic version, that are clearly labeled "revised".
NOTE: Do not send your full-length paper and diskette to the Conference Organizer.
Papers must be submitted to Jennifer Wilby. You may send copies of the paper, if requested by them, to your SIG Chair, panel Chair or co-host contact person.
Overhead projectors will be provided for all paper/symposium panels. If you have more specialized audio-visual needs, please notify the local organizers when you submit your registration. It may not be possible to respond to last-minute requests.
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