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Postdoc vacancy at Wageningen University

The Management Studies (MST) Group at Wageningen University seeks to fill one exciting full-time postdoc position on the topic of Organizational Learning and Change financed through a forthcoming project (still in need of receiving formal internal approval) titled “Putting Big Ideas into Practice: Developing Soft Skills for Large Systems Change”. The postdoc would receive an initial contract up to December 31st 2015 with possibility of renewal until August 2017.

The ideal candidate would have:

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Marketplaces as urban development strategies: a workshop in Rome Esquilino Market

Think with us on how to improve the New Esquilino Market in Rome!

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Corso System Dynamics per dottorandi all'Università Insubria

Logo Università InsubriaIl Prof. Habib Sedehi segnala il Corso di System Dynamics per dottorandi all'Università Insubria: il corso ha avuto inizio nel mese di Ottobre,  prevede una durata di circa 30 ore compreso una decina di ore di esercitazioni pratiche rivolte allo sviluppo di modelli SD,   e dovrebbe concludersi entro Dicembre 2014. 

Il corso è tenuto in lingua Inglese e prevede argomenti di "System Thinking", "Learning Organization" e "System Dynamics" (SD) per essere fruito nel percorso didattico degli studenti di dottorato in Informatica c/o  Dipartimento di Scienze Teoriche e Applicative dell'Università degli Studi dell'Insubria.

Tale corso contiene gli elementi base del "Pensiero Sistemico", dei principi della pratica dell' "Apprendimento Organizzativo" nonché i concetti i essenziali della metodologia di "Dinamica dei Sistemi".

Abstract del Contenuto del corso:

Learning Organization and Strategic Knowledge Management means, for an organization,  the acquisition of a mental model (Peter Senge 1990). To perceive such a challenging objective it is necessary to identify, clarify and improve our inner worldview and understand how the dynamics of the organization structure evolve and  govern critical variables (levers) in order to better support actions and decisions. Thanks to the understanding of influence relationships between world “participants” and an integrated and complex view of phenomena (systems), which is supported by a correct management of information universe, it is possible to develop System Dynamics (J. W. Forrester) models and use simulations to be aware of what are the possible alternative consequences of our decisions. Such a paradigm allows us to acquire a real Systems Thinking approach and to recognize relationships between time ‘variables’, instead of finding out, statically, simple structures.

System Dynamics (SD) modeling has been used in many different contexts, For example, in ICT domain can be applied in Project Management (PM) process control. In particular an innovative and original application could be in engaging Agile SW development approach through a SD modeling analysis and hence building a simulation model in order to best support alternative PM decisions,  also in relation to present/ideal organizational environment.

Many Small-Medium Enterprise (SME) Decision Support Systems are also developed involving SD simulation models in order to build the so called Enterprise Dashboards and support medium- top managers in overall enterprise strategic decisions.

System Dynamics alla conferenza EURAM 2015

System Dynamics alla conferenza EURAM2015

 Anche quest’anno la conferenza della European Academy of Management (EURAM2015, Varsavia) costituirà un privilegiato momento di incontro tra tutti coloro che si occupano di System Dynamics ed in via più generale anche di modeling & simulation. Vi segnaliamo infatti nuovamente che all’interno del track di Entrepreneurship vi sarà uno stream dedicato alla Simulazione d’Impresa, ove poter presentare i vostri lavori di riferimento sul tema, condotti sia attraverso la SD ma anche attraverso altre metodologie di modellazione e simulazione.
 
Vi giriamo in calce un breve testo sviluppato all’uopo da Stefano Armenia, Edoardo Mollona e Davide Secchi, sottolineando come EURAM2015 sarà anche un momento di incontro per chi si occupa di Agent-Based Modeling, all’interno del Track di Organizational Behaviour.
 
Ricordiamo infine che la deadline per la presentazione dei lavori sarà il 13 Gennaio 2015 e ci riserviamo di inviarvi ulteriori comunicazioni al riguardo (es.: è possibile che tra i due topic possa nascere una sinergia che porterà alla pubblicazione di uno special issue in qualche journal di riferimento in ambito Management e Modeling & Simulation).
 

Uncertainty is everywhere. Resistance is futile but simulating scenarios helps!

 

The phenomenon of uncertainty, how does it affects our daily lives and how does it come to hone our way of organising is the theme of the EURAM 2015 conference to be held in Warsaw. Indeed, contemporary management theory and practice struggle to adequately tackle, rein and perhaps ride uncertainty. To appropriately cope with the theme, two major SIGs, Entrepreneurship and Organisational Behaviour, have decided to sponsor a cross-disciplinary initiative. In both SIGs, topics will address the issue of uncertainty from the point of view of computer modelling and simulation. In the Entrepreneurship SIG, a topic is proposed with the title Visionary entrepreneurship in complex worlds: Computer modelling, business games and scenario analysis and in the Organisational Behaviour a topic is proposed with the title Agent-Based Models and Computer Simulation in Organisational Behaviour. The aim of the two topics is to foster discussions on how theory of complex systems, and the now rich connected panoply of conceptual and theoretical instruments to bridle complexity, may support decision-making in the face of uncertainty. The underpinning idea is that these theoretical and methodological tools may support decision-makers in interpreting uncertainty not only as the visible, and tangible, result of unobservable randomness but as the necessary behaviour of complex socio-economic systems. The two topics, in combination, will try to investigate how different approaches in computer modelling and simulation are, and increasingly will be, necessary tools in the repertoire of management and organisation theorists and practitioners.

We expect that this kind of cross-cutting topic proposals will become an increasingly consolidated practice in the conference. This innovation, we hope, will produce value by creating links and stimulate the interplay among scholars that belong to different SIGs.

 

Stefano Armenia, Edoardo Mollona, Davide Secchi

 


Call for Paper FAO - Complex-systems dynamics principles applied to food systems

In the context of the project “Meeting urban food needs”, the Food and Agriculture Organization of UN (FAO), in collaboration with the System Dynamics Italian Chapter and the University of Turin, has launched a call for papers on

 

Complex-systems dynamics principles applied to food systems.

 

Selected papers will stimulate discussion on how complex-systems dynamics perspective can contribute to the understanding of the characteristics, structure, performance and behaviour of food systems meeting urban food needs and to the formulation of appropriate policies, strategies and investments plans.

 At least five authors among those whose paper will be published (one author per paper) will be invited to attend an expert meeting in FAO-Rome in 2015. Travel expenses will be paid by FAO while all other expenses will have to be covered by the invited participants.

 

Call for papers (03/2014)

 

ftp://ext-ftp.fao.org/AG/Data/AGS/MUFN/MUFN_Callpapers3.pdf

 

Call for papers conditions:

ftp://ext-ftp.fao.org/AG/Data/AGS/MUFN/MUFN_Callpapers_conditions.pdf

 

Important dates:

Proposals submission:  15-11-14

Full papers submission: 30-01-15



Bando ENI Award 2015

Sono stati pubblicati i nuovi bandi ENI Award 2015, che mettono a disposizione sei finanziamenti per la ricerca su cinque aree di studio:

  • “New Frontiers of Hydrocarbons” (Downstream) - 200.000 Euro
  • “New Frontiers of Hydrocarbons” (Upstream) - 200.000 Euro
  • “Renewable Energy” - 200.000 Euro
  • “Protection of the Environment” - 200.000 Euro
  • “Debut in Research” - 25.000 Euro (x2 finanziamenti)

La scadenza per le proposte di candidatura è il 21 novembre 2014 alle ore 17. Ulteriori informazioni potrete trovarle al sito http://www.eni.com/eni-award/eng/bandi.shtml


Call for Abstracts B.S. Lab

3rd B.S.Lab International Symposium: "Advances in Business Management. Towards Systemic Approach"

The scientific non-profit organization Business Systems Laboratory (www.bslaboratory.net) is glad to announce the Call for Papers of the 3rd B.S.Lab. International Symposium: "Advances in Business Management. Towards Systemic Approach" that will be held in Perugia (Italy) at the University for Foreigners on January 21-23, 2015.

The topics include but are not limited to: Systems Thinking, Business Management, Marketing, Managerial Cybernetics, Project Management, Strategic Management, Organizational and Business Ethnography, Change Management, E-Marketing, Big Data, Policy Strategy, Systems Dynamics, Viable Systems perspectives, Business Systems Design, Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporate Governance, Venture Capital, Finance, Economics, Leisure Marketing, Digital culture, Knowledge Management, Soft systems theory, Social systems, Sustainability.

The webpage of the event is available at: http://bslab-symposium.net/

The B.S.Lab Symposia aim to be an arena of constructive confrontation among scholars, researchers and practitioners from different research fields and from all over the world, with more than 50 countries involved in the past edition 2014.
The Business Systems Laboratory is a young, friendly and approachable scientific society that aims to create a wide, cross-disciplinary and effective global network of researchers and practitioners in the business systems fields.
The Third Business Systems Laboratory International Symposium focuses on the epistemological, theoretical, methodological, technical and practical contributions that can represent advancements in the theory and practice ofBusiness Management.

The Symposium aims to address the global economic and social challenges of our times by a systemic perspective, shedding the light to the several interactions between natural social and economic systems. Being aware of these interactions provides a better understanding of the principles that can help to solve some of today's most pressing social and economic issues.

The criticalities and the opportunities of our times are faced according to the cutting edge research and practice in social science. This multidisciplinary perspective includes: management, economics, engineering and sociology.
While focusing on the Systemic perspective, the Symposium includes all the scientific approaches in order to foster constructive debates and confrontations to create new perspective of research and practice in the business systems field.
With the above-mentioned scopes the Symposium 2015 calls for submissions in 19 proposed tracks and in the poster session.

The proposed tracks are listed at the following link: http://bslab-symposium.net/3rd-international-symposium-perugia-2015/tracks/

The deadline for the submission of extended abstracts (between 500 and 2000 words) is September 10, 2014
All accepted extended abstracts will be published online before the conference on a special issue of the open access Journal Business Systems Review (http://www.business-systems-review.org).

Moreover, after the Symposium, a paperback book of Proceedings will be published on a special volume of the book series "Business Systems" (http://www.bslaboratory.net/web/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=131&Itemid=90&lang=en)
and available for purchase at all the Amazon online stores worldwide.

Moreover the B.S.Lab International Symposium 2015 is thought and developed to create publishing opportunities with 34 international journals involved (most of which are Scopus and ISI-SSCI listed) and 18 planned post conference special issues.

The publishing opportunities for selected presentations are listed at the following link:
http://bslab-symposium.net/3rd-international-symposium-perugia-2015/publishing-opportunities/

The two plenary sessions will have 8 outstanding keynote speakers:
http://bslab-symposium.net/3rd-international-symposium-perugia-2015/keynote-speakers/

We look forward to your contribution to the event and we wish to meet you in Perugia next winter. For further information please do not hesitate to contact the Scientific Director: Dr. Gandolfo Dominici (mailto:Questo indirizzo email è protetto dagli spambots. È necessario abilitare JavaScript per vederlo.)