2002 ISSS Annual Meeting and Conference

General Call for Papers

The Forty-Sixth Meeting of the International Society

for the Systems Sciences (ISSS)

2nd 6th August 2002

Shanghai International Convention Centre

Shanghai, P.R. China

Conference web-site: www.isss.org

Joint Chairpersons

Professor Jackson, Michael m.c.jackson@hull.ac.uk President ISSS
Professor Wu, Jie, President CSSS

Honorary Chairpersons
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 babanathy@worldnet.att.net
Dr. Collen, Arne acollen@saybrook.edu
Professor Corning, Peter iscs@aol.com
Dr. Dubrovsky, Vitaly dubrovvj@clarkson.edu
Dr. Finlayson, Denis dfinlayson@lincoln.ac.uk
Mrs Gibbs, Doreen d.e.gibbs@hull.ac.uk
Professor Herrscher, Enrique Eherrsch@ideamail.com.ar
Dr. Lazlo, Alexander Syntony.quest@usa.net
Dr. McIntyre, Janet janet.mcintyre@finders.edu.au
Dr. Murray, Peter p.j.murray@hull.ac.uk
Dr. Nakamori, Yoshi nakamori@jaist.ac.jp
Dr. Nelson, Anne nelsongroup@worldnet.att.net
Professor Rhee, Pil rheeyp@plaza.snu.ac.kr
Professor Sabelli, Hector hsabelli@rpslmc.edu
Dr. Smith, Charles c.h.smith@verizon.net
Ms Wilby, Jennifer jmwilby@dial.pipex.com
Dr. Yolles, Maurice m.yolles@ntlworld.com
Dr. Zhu, Zhichang z.zhu@hull.ac.uk

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
Cottingham Road
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 jmwilby@dial.pipex.com 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.

Paper Editing

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.)

Distributed Site

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,

Conference Theme

Systems Thinking : Managing Complexity and Change

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 Bela Banathy
Hierarchy Theory Jennifer Wilby
Human Systems Enquiry Arne Collen
Duality Theory Vitaly Dubrovsky
Evolutionary Learning Community Alexander and Kathia Lazlo
Applied Systems and Development Denis Finlayson
Women and Children in Community Systems Anne Nelson
Systems Applications to Business and Industry Enrique Herrscher
Critical Systems Thinking Mike C. Jackson
Spirituality and Systems Charles Smith

Papers are also specially invited for the following streams/sessions/round tables:

Foundations of Information Science Bela Banathy
Failure and Compexity Peter Corning
Creative and Destructive Processes Hector Sabelli
Aging and Health from a Systemic Perspective Hector Sabelli
Complexity and Financial Systems Shouyang Wang
sywang@iss02.iss.ac.cn or swang@iss04.iss.ac.cn
Complexity and Management Xuefeng Song
Participatory Design for Wellbeing , Health and Development in a Global Age Janet McIntyre
Knowledge Science and Management Yoshiteru Nakamori
Systems Methodology East and West Zhichang Zhu
Systems Science and Engineering in China Jifa Gu
Systems Practice Peter Murray
Systems Education Enrique Herrscher
Systems Change Maurice Yolles - m.yolles@ntlworld.com
Paul lles - lles@alberts2.demon.co.uk

Other sessions are in the process of being developed by Bill Hutchinson, Tom Mandel, Peter Allen and Yong Pil Rhee. The following additional paper streams are being developed by Chinese colleagues:

B7 The Complexity of Socio-economic, Ecological, Life, and Cognitive Systems

B7 New Methods and Approaches in the Study of Socio-economic Systems

B7 Complex Systems Approach in Management Science -- Applications of System Sciences in Management

B7 System Sciences in Globalization - Regional, National, and International Issues

B7 System Sciences in Knowledge-based Economy - Evolution of Intelligent Systems, Economy of Intelligence, Production Mode of Intelligence Work and Its Impact on the Future

B7 The Strong Mechanism of Socio-economic System Evolution - Self-organization and Sustainable Development

B7 Financial Complexity - Risk Identification, Early Warning, and Control

B7 Systems Issues in Social Change, Conflict, and Cooperation

B7 Systems Issues in Industry, Business, and Enterprise

B7 Philosophical and Semantic Issues in Systems Sciences, Non-linear Science and Complexity

Suggestions for additional sessions are most welcome – contact D.E. Gibbs at d.e.gibbs@hull.ac.uk

Registration Fees:

Regular - $380

Retired or Developing Countries - $275

Student - $215

Please see Registration Form, attached, for further details and reductions.

Meals and Accommodation

Tea and coffee are included in the registration fee. Delegates are responsible for arranging meals and accommodation. Banquet information and costs will be available at a later date.

To arrange accommodation, please contact:

Professors Wu, Chong Feng or Chen, Zhong
Management School
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
535 Fa Hua Zhen Road
Shanghai, 200052
P.R. China

Tel: +86 21 62933200 Ext 8503
+86 21 67694183
+86 21 62933256

Fax: +86 21 62933262/62932982

Email: Chenc@online.sh.cn




Phone: +44-1759-302718
E-mail: jmwilby@dial.pipex.com

Mailing address:
Jennifer Wilby
59 Browning Road
York YO42 2GN


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.


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.


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.



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 of Publication.
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.


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.




2ND – 6TH AUGUST 2002

Shanghai International Convention Centre

Shanghai, P.R. China


Please complete this form in BLOCK LETTERS and return it, by February 15th, with

your abstract and full payment to:

D.E. Gibbs, ISSS

The University of Hull Business School

Cottingham Road, Hull, HU6 7RX, England

Title_______ Family name_____________________________ First name______________________




Title of first paper:
Title of second paper:

Paper deadline for inclusion in Proceedings: 15TH APRIL 2002

Arrival date: _____________________ Departure date: _______________________

Regular $380, Retired or Developing-country $275, Student $215

Fees (except student fees) include 2003 ISSS membership. Students should send verification by supervisor.
Total amount enclosed (please pay in U.S. dollars) __________ Please make cheques payable to the International Society for the Systems Sciences

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Those simply wishing to attend the conference, and not submitting a paper, may register, using this form, up to 15th July, 2002.

For updated details of the Conference see the conference web-site : www.isss.org