Call for Papers - System Dynamics Society

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Papers announcement. The System Dynamics Society is convening its 20th
annual research conference in Palermo, Italy - July 2002. Conference
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The 20th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society
July 28 - August 1, 2002 Palermo, Italy Grand Hotel Villa Igiea

(Please note: submission requirements and deadlines have changed.)


- University of Palermo, Faculty of Political Sciences
  (CUSA-System Dynamics Group)

- Luigi Bocconi University, Milan, (Istituto di Economia Aziendale)

- SYstem Dynamics Italian Chapter (SYDIC)

For continuous updates, please visit the Society website at:

LOCATION: Palermo is located on the western side of Sicily, an island in
Southern Italy. Palermo, capital city of Sicily, steeped in antiquity and
full of old buildings, is a fascinating city to explore. Discover behind the
main shopping avenues a maze of alleys and courtyards, peeling and
fire-blackened facades, a melange of old and new, a bustling city full of
atmosphere. Palermo is very rich in cultural and artistic heritage - the
legacy of ancient cultures that have lived there over the past centuries
(Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Arab-Norman, Swabian).

CONFERENCE VENUE: Overlooking the bay of Palermo, the Grand Hotel Villa
Igiea is one of Sicily's most famous hotels. It was built at the end of the
19th century, with interiors by Ernesto Basile, the master of Italian Art
Nouveau. Adding to the charm of its atmosphere, the Grand Hotel Villa Igiea
boasts jasmine-scented gardens, famous salons, and a pool perched directly
over the sea. It is without doubt a most evocative venue for our conference.
For more information, please visit the hotel website at:

Palermo can easily be reached by car, train and plane. Most international
connections are via Rome or Milan.

PROGRAM: The conference will bring together approximately 400 participants
and practitioners interested in system dynamics and systems thinking.
Presentations by practitioners and world leaders in the field will cover a
wide variety of topics.

The main theme of this year's conference is

**Organizational Change Dynamics - Understanding Systems, Managing

In the beginning of this new millennium, we face the challenges of managing
change in organizations - public as well as private. Profound
transformations in society lead to the need for new organizations to be
established and established ones to be modified. Political, economic and
cultural shifts force us to reconsider the boundaries, the environment, and
the structure of the systems within which we act. Such transformations range
from political and economic integration to technological development. With
its emphasis on dynamic complexity, system dynamics should be considered as
a tool with which we may understand and face such challenges - as a "friend"
in such a turbulent landscape.

Plenary sessions will feature refereed presentations on topics of general
interest. Parallel sessions will be organized by theme and will feature the
full range of work being conducted in the field. Poster sessions will
provide an opportunity for participants to engage authors directly on
subjects of particular interest. Topics will include:

- applications of system dynamics and systems thinking in business,
  economics, engineering, health care and public policy
- policy studies emphasizing the role of feedback
- developments in simulation tools and techniques
- advances in the modeling process and group model building
- system dynamics contributions to theory building in the social and
  natural sciences
- complex nonlinear dynamic systems
- contributions to system dynamics teaching materials and methods, in K-12
  education and beyond.

The program will also include workshops and tutorial sessions led by senior
people in the field. Also scheduled are panel discussions, special interest
group sessions, student colloquia, events of historic interest, vendor
displays, exhibits, and demonstrations. System Dynamics Society meetings and
related meetings will round out the conference. The conference schedule will
provide time for relaxed social and professional interaction.

SUBMISSIONS (Preliminary Version Materials):

Authors should submit an EXTENDED ABSTRACT, four pages in length, or a
PRELIMINARY FULL PAPER, maximum of 30 pages, by January 31. All preliminary
full papers will be considered for plenary, parallel or poster presentation
based on a peer review. All abstracts will be considered for poster
presentation. Authors of abstracts may, subsequently, be invited by the
program committee to submit a preliminary full paper.

Conference organizers are particularly interested in papers presenting
models and their application, including papers offering substantive insight
into model analysis, policy design and strategy development. If your paper
draws on a model, you are encouraged to submit the model as a separate file
if it is not documented in your paper, or make it available on a website.
The model will be made available to reviewers and ultimately to everyone.
Please indicate to the program committee should your model NOT be available
for a) reviewers or b) public viewing. Selection for plenary presentations
will be based on peer review of the full paper. Full papers should be up to
30 pages in length.

WORKSHOP PROPOSALS for workshops, tutorials, and other activities should be
submitted by January 31, 2002 as a brief description (250 words) with
estimated space and time requirements.

SESSION PROPOSALS and theme proposals for plenary or parallel sessions and
panel discussions are welcome. Proposals should contain a brief description
of the session theme, session organizer(s) and previously accepted papers to
be included in the session. Session proposals are due by May 15, 2002.

SUBMISSION FORMAT for Preliminary Full Papers, Extended Abstracts, and

At the time of submission, full contact information for one author must be
included with each abstract, paper, or proposal. The contact person is
required to provide the following information on the title page of the

Complete Postal Address:
E-mail address:

We prefer to receive contact information in the same form for all
co-authors. Materials should be submitted electronically to
<>. Please include up to eight key words that describe your
submission. Further instructions for format of final version materials will
be sent with acceptances.


JANUARY 31, 2002: Deadline for extended abstracts or preliminary full papers
and workshop proposals.
FEBRUARY 15, 2002: Notification of acceptance for abstract submissions for
poster presentation, and invitation to selected abstract authors to submit a
preliminary full paper.
MARCH 25, 2002: Notification of acceptance for preliminary full papers
submitted on January 31.
APRIL 10, 2002: Deadline for receiving invitation-only preliminary full
MAY 15, 2002: Deadline for final CD-ROM material and 150-word abstracts for
printed proceedings. Deadline for session proposals.
JUNE 26, 2002: Deadline for conference pre-registration.

For updated details, please visit the Society website at:

CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS (Final Version Materials due May 15, 2002):

A CD-ROM Conference Proceedings along with printed abstracts will be
distributed at the conference. Full papers for plenary, parallel, poster and
workshop presentations will be included on the CD.


Conference Chair: Habib Sedehi, Chairman
System Dynamics Italian Chapter, Rome, Italy
E-mail: or

Program Chair: Pal I. Davidsen, Professor
University of Bergen, Norway
Submission E-mail:

Conference Co-Chair: Carmine Bianchi, Professor
University of Palermo & CUSA-System Dynamics Group, Palermo, Italy

Program Co-Chair: Edoardo Mollona, Professor
Bocconi University, (Istituto di Economia Aziendale), Milan, Italy

Program Vice-Chair: Vedat G. Diker
University at Albany, State University of New York Albany, New York USA
Submission E-mail:

Conference Manager: Roberta L. Spencer, Executive Director
System Dynamics Society, Milne 300 - Rockefeller College
University at Albany, State University of New York
Albany, New York 12222 USA
Phone: +1 (518) 442-3865, Fax: +1 (518) 442-3398

Local Planning Team:
Gianliborio Marrone
Giovanbattista Montemaggiore

Travel Agency:
Sicilia Dreams
(Site is mostly in Italian, English version is being updated)
(Sicilia Dreams will reply to E-mail in English and Italian)


A.T. Kearney, Inc.
Amber Blocks, Ltd.
Amia (Waste Management Company of Palermo)
Arthur Andersen
Assindustria (Association of Entrepreneurs) - Palermo Province
Banco di Sicilia
City of Bergen, Norway
CUSA-System Dynamics Group
Cognitus Ltd.
Frank Davidson
Decision Dynamics, Inc.
Delta Air Lines, Inc.
Jay W. Forrester
General Motors Corporation
Georgia-Pacific Corporation
Global Strategy Dynamics Ltd.
Hall, Vasil & Dowd, CPA's
Hewlett-Packard Company
High Performance Systems Inc.
HVR Consulting Services Ltd.
Intel Corporation
ITP Consultores
John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
KBS (Knowledge Based Simulation)
Luigi Bocconi University
MIT System Dynamics Group
McKinsey & Company
Nijmegen University School of Management
Paradigm Business Simulators
Pegasus Communications, Inc.
Practice Fields
Powersim Corporation
Productivity Press
Project Performance Corporation
Proyectos Comerciales de Mxico, SA de CV, una empresa de Grupo Proyectos
PA Consulting Group
Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany
Settesoli (Winery)
Sicilia Dreams Travel Agency
SRC Hamburg
Strategic Clarity
School of Business and Public Management, Victoria University of Wellington
SoL (Society for Organizational Learning)
South Bank University
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (provided tours)
University of Bergen, Department of Information Science
University of Palermo
Ventana Systems, Inc.
Vestec AS
Waters Foundation

For more information on the conference or the System Dynamics Society,
please contact:

Milne 300, Rockefeller College
135 Western Avenue, University at Albany, State University of New York
Albany, NY, 12222, U.S.A.

Phone (518) 442-3865
Fax (518) 442-3398

Please accept our apology if you receive more than one copy of this message.

Roberta L. Spencer, Executive Director
Jennifer I. Rowe, Assistant to the Director
phone (518) 442-3865
fax (518) 442-3398
Milne 300, University at Albany
Albany, NY, 12222, USA