Posted on May 24, 2020 11:10 AM by Peter Tuddenham
Categories: Purpose
the purpose of the ISSS is described as "to encourage the development of theoretical systems which are applicable to more than one of the traditional departments of knowledge", this and the aims: 
  • to investigate the isomorphy of concepts, laws, and models in various fields, and to help in useful transfers from one field to another; 
  • to encourage the development of adequate theoretical models in areas which lack them; 
  • to eliminate the duplication of theoretical efforts in different fields; and 
  • to promote the unity of science through improving the communication among specialists
are actively being revisited by a number of members in the ongoing effort to reflect, renew and reorganize the ISSS for the rest of the 21st century, or at least the next 5-10 years.
Some records of the discussions held on Saturday mornings are on the Systems Science Integration Workspace page   and more of the supporting historical documents are in the digital library on this website and introduced in the video on the home page.
It is exciting to see a resurgence of interest. Please join ISSS and be a part of the conversation.
Posted on April 16, 2020 9:00 AM by Shankar Sankaran
Categories: Communication
Invitation to a submit papers to a special issue in IJMSR Due 30 July 2020

Five of us from different corners of the world (Netherlands, Australia, United Kingdom, India and South Africa) are putting together a special issue on behalf of the  Academy of Management's Interest Group  on Management, Spirituality and Religion. We are working  on a quick turnaround of  papers on the impact of COVID-19 on indigenous communities. around the world as well as what we can learn from those communities about managing and recovering from this crisis.

The call  for papers can be found at
JMSR Call for COVID-19 special issue.pdf

Please consider submitting a paper.

Shankar Sankaran
Professor - Organisational Project Management
School of the Built Environment
University of Technology Sydney. Australia
President - International Society for the Systems Sciences

On behalf of special issue editors:
Sharda Nandram (Vrije University/Nyenrode Business School, Netherlands), Paresh Wankhade (Edge Hill University Business School, UK), Puneet Bindish (Indian Institute of Technology - Varnasi) and Albert Wort (University of Johannesburg)
Posted on April 6, 2020 9:00 AM by Shankar Sankaran
Categories: Annual Meeting
Dear members
Our board has now ratified our request to cancel the annual meeting at Stellenbosch this year due the current situation with COVID-19. 
We are still considering the following activities related to our annual meeting. So the Board is still busy and holding mini focused meetings to deal with the following items.
1. Holding discussions on the Grand Challenge of Water that we agreed to do with INCOSE this year. 
2. Continue to call for papers and publish submitted papers after review. Outlets are being discussed.
3. Discussing whether we can provide awards for student papers as we do every year.
4. Publishing the year book in SRBS as we usually do. Discussing how we can secure contributions for this issue.
5. Discussing virtual meetings, regional get together events in small numbers and next year's meeting
6. Calling for nominations and organizing the AGM, Council Meeting and Changeover of the Board in July.
We will keep you posted.
Please stay safe.
On behalf of the board
Shankar Sankaran
Posted on March 29, 2020 10:00 AM by Peter Tuddenham
Categories: Communication
I have enable the RSS feed feature here on the blog and also the news. Look for the orange rss link at the bottom of the blog and news sections. Add the feed to your email program like Outlook or an RSS reader app on your phone, tablet or pc.
Posted on March 20, 2020 12:00 PM by Shankar Sankaran
Categories: Annual Meeting
Dear members
I hope you are keeping safe at this challenging times. I am working completely from home and teaching entirely online and following what the Australian Government and local medical  authorities are advising us.
We have discussed what we should do under the circumstances with our meeting at Stellenbosch and alternative ways of meeting  in 2020. We had an emergency meeting of the conference committee on last Friday due to the evolving developments.
The board will meet on April 3rd to consider  the committee's suggestions and we will communicate the decision of the board to all members. While we consider the risks we are also looking carefully at opportunities that this situation provides for future events of the society. We are exploring those as well.
I urge you to stay positive and safe
Warm regards
Posted on March 30, 2019 9:00 AM by Peter Tuddenham
Over the past few months I have had the opportunity to spend time with a number of former Presidents of ISSS and share my experiences so far as President of ISSS 2018-19 and to hear from them about their experiences as President of ISSS and now perspectives as Past President and a Trustee.
In January David Rousseau (ISSS President 2017-18) and I both attended the INCOSE International Workshop in Torrance California. Also in January  I visited Len Troncale ( ISSS President 1990-91) in his Claremont, California Office where he has a significant number of  historical journals, papers and books of ISSS. 
Debora Hammond  (ISSS President 2005-06) and I have spoken about membership trends and issues and her experience with the annual conference.
Gary Metcalf (ISSS President 2007-08) and I have regular conversations that began when he was President of the International Federation for Systems Research We meet on bluejeans video conferencing and discuss ways to broaden the engagement between systems sciences and groups and leaders around the world.
David Ing ( ISSS President 2011-12) and I have had several Skype meetings over the past few months reviewing the whole ISSS data management and website challenges.
Alexander Laszlo (ISSS President 2012-13) and I have had several conversations about a group called Grupo Mar, a group concerned with matters of education and the ocean in Argentina that emerged or developed from the Argentina Systems Sciences Chapter of ISSS. He also gave a great overview of his SIG work on a recent SIG Session on Saturday, see
In February Gerald Midgley (ISSS President 2013-14) and I spoke at length about the vision for systems sciences an what ISSS might accomplish in the next 5 years, a conversation prompted by the vision survey described in the blog in February.
Also over the past month I have talked with Allenna Leonard (ISSS President 2009-10) about the Viable System Model and also about developing online seminars about systems tools and VSM applications to not for profits.
Also in February Jennifer Wilby (ISSS President 2010-11) along with ISSS members Janet and Michael Singer stayed with me for four days as we represented ISSS at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington D.C.
Over the past few weeks I have been exploring Superorganisms with Peter Corning (ISSS President 1999-2000) in preparation for the ISSS 2019 conference. I have also been in email exchanges with Aleco Christakis (ISSS President 2002-03) and Mike Jackson (ISSS President 2001-02).
And last week I visited John Kineman (ISSS President 2015-16) in the mountains west of Boulder for an afternoon discussion on a wide range of topics.
And looking forward to next year Shankar Sankaran ( President-elect)  and I have been developing ways to ensure more continuity from one ISSS President to the next by having Skype conversations between us from the USA to Australia.
Posted on February 22, 2019 8:00 AM by Roelien Goede
As SIG chair for Action Research, I'm looking forward to represent the ISSS at the AR+ meeting in Gothenburg,Sweden from March, 7.
I will have an opportunity to meet other scholars in the field or AR and explore the different traditions of AR.  The meeting has an open, more informal structure than the typical conferences that I usually attend. Keep an eye on this Blog, I will share my experiences!!!
Posted on February 17, 2019 5:00 PM by Peter Tuddenham
Categories: General

Among several  cooperative Memorandum of Understandings held by ISSS is one with the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) to co-develop understanding of systems sciences for systems engineering. Many of us participate in the Systems Science Working Group of INCOSE. In December last year I was asked by the Chair of the SSWG James Martin to give a talk on the Grand Vision for Systems Sciences at the recent INCOSE International Workshop in Torrance California. I have recorded a version of the presentation I gave for the web which can be viewed at  It runs for 30 minutes.

Posted on February 17, 2019 5:00 PM by Peter Tuddenham
Categories: General
I have spent the past four days with colleagues Jennifer WIlby, Janet and Michael Singer at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences. It has been a fairly intense time, not only attending sessions, but talking with many different people from around the world in varieties of disciplines. AAAS is the largest science organization in the world, and there are representatives from every corner of the globe. The four days have been a great opportunity to also spend time with ISSS colleagues and develop our respective views of the systems perspective and how to spread the word about the unique contributions ISSS can make.
ISSS is an affiliate of AAAS. Learn more here
I have been pleasantly surprised to see how international, and global, are the themes, exhibits, presentations and participants of this meeting.Also two of the three major sponsors are the European Union and the United Kingdom Research and Innovation
A few perspectives in a short video
Next years AAAS annual meeting is in Seattle and we could now think about how we might have more of a presence at the 2020 meeting.
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