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Announcement for the 2009 HSSS Conference January 20, 2009

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Full Member of IFSR

5th. National & International Conference
24 – 27 June, 2009

Call for Sessions and 1st Call for Papers

Demokritus University of Thrace,
Department of Production and Management Engineering,
Xanthi, Greece.

From Systemic Thinking to Systems Design and Systems Practice


Hellenic Society for Systemic Studies (HSSS)


Democritus University of Thrace,

Department of Production and Management Engineering,

Xanthi, Greece.


5th National & International HSSS Conference


“From Systemic Thinking to Systems Design and Systems Practice”


24th – 27th June, 2009

Xanthi, Greece


Submission deadline (Abstract): 20 March 2009






HSSS Conferences endeavour to provide a platform to foster multidisciplinary discussions and support debates on the different economical, historical, pedagogical, philosophical, scientific and technological issues surrounding systems studies. They seek to advance knowledge about the effective and efficient implementation of systemic thinking by individuals, groups, organizations, society and nations for the improvement of economic and social welfare.


The scope of the HSSS05 Conference ranges from the mechanisms through the development of principles to the application of those principles to specific environments. More specifically, papers presented in this conference should be designed to inform researchers, developers, managers, strategic planners, users, and others interested in state-of-the-art and state-of-the-practice activities in the systemic thinking, systems design and systems practice areas. The international perspective is emphasized in order to develop the foundations for achieving solutions for the global needs.


We welcome contributions that build on established lines of work as well as novel research streams. In particular, we are interested in high quality well-defined and analyzed theoretical surveys that provide a synthesis and comprehensive review of the historical development of one particular area of interest, and empirical studies, with strong grounding in a current or new theory, on important issues that have potential impact on organizations and are of value to researchers and practitioners in general and the systems engineering research community in specific.


The HSSS05 Conference is receptive to a wide variety of phenomena and topics related to the design, management, use, valuation, and impacts of systemic thinking at different levels of analysis (i.e., individuals, groups, firms, networks, and societies). 

The conference seeks research that examines system related topics from a wide range of scientific fields including, but not limited to, economics, finance, accounting, engineering, computer science, communication technologies, operations research, design science, organization studies, decision making, health care, public policy, cognitive science, architecture, sociology, environmental science, education, project management and strategic management.  Diverse methods and approaches are welcome providing that they are relevant to the main theme of the conference.

Specific topics (applied to any of the above mentioned scientific fields) include, but are not limited to:


·   Systems Engineering Contemporary Challenges

·   Systems Thinking Competencies and the Learning Organisation

·   Collaborative Sytems Thinking

·   System Dynamics: from Theory to Practice

·   The Basic Management Cycle: A Systems Approach to the Management Process

·   Systems Simulation for Complex Managerial Problems

·   Methodological Frameworks for Systems Thinking and Modelling (ST&M) Interventions

·   Methodological Pluralism in Practice: the Practical Application of Various Systems Methods and Techniques in the Analysis and Design of Complex Work Systems

·   Explorations in Systems Practice: Developing Tools for Facilitation

·   Conceptual Frameworks for Dynamic Modelling for Regional Planning

·   Systems Thinking for Sustainable Resource Management

·   Systems Thinking and Construction Productivity

·   Causal Linkages in Soft Systems

·   Integrating the “Hard” and “Soft” Sides of Systems Thinking

·   Using Soft Systems as a Methodology for Researching Knowledge Management Problems

·   System Contributions to Theory Building in the Social and Natural Sciences

·   Systems Boundaries: Evolution and Implication

·   Systems Engineering Culture

·   System Engineering Workforce (Skills, Abilities, Knowledge, Training, Competences)

·   Systems Approach to the Engineering Work Force

·   Creative Environment as Enabler for System Thinking Traits

·   Social Learning and Knowledge Management

·   Dynamic Decision-Making System for Manufacturing Control

·   Developments in Simulation Tools and Techniques for Model Analysis and Visualization

·   Managing Occupational Health and Safety Using Dynamic Learning Systems

·   Advances in the Modelling Process and Group Model Building

·   Information Analysis and Business Intelligence Tools in Management

·   Using Systems Thinking to Better Understand the Implications of e-Business Strategies

·   Systems Approach for Virtual Learning Development

·   Teaching Systems Thinking to Industrial Engineering Students

·   Organization Design

·   Design Theory and Research

·   The Dialectic of Theory and Practice in Design

·   Cognitive Modes in Design

·   Design Strategies, Methods, Tools and Techniques

·   Evolutionary and Participatory Systems Design

·   Human Issues and Behaviour in Design

·   User Centric Design and co-Design

·   Design Software Tools

·   Values, Culture and Knowledge Systems in Design

·   Innovation and Creativity – Innovative Design, Creativity in Design, Creative Problem Solving, Creativity Techniques

·   Distributed and Collaborative Design

·   Optimization in Design, Conceptual Design, Simulation Based Design

·   Meta-design: Conceptualisation and Specification

·   Information System and Knowledge Management in Design

·   User Requirements and Functional Analysis

·   Engineering Design Process

·   Manufacturing Systems Design

·   Product, Processes and Service Design

·   Design of Human Systems

·   Design of Ergonomic Systems

·   Industrial Applications – Systems Engineering

·   Design of Ergonomic Systems

·   User-Centred and Client-Centred Design 

·   Design of Project Management Systems

·   Empirical Studies of Design Practices

·   Design for X – Ecodesign, Design for Society, Design for Safety, Design for Customisation



Publication opportunity:

Papers presented at the conference will be published in the conference proceedings

Selected papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication in special issues of the following international journals (providing that there are high quality papers that are relevant to the main scope of each of these journals):

  • International Journal of Applied Systemic Studies (IJASS), [] published by Inderscience Publishers (ISSN: 1751-0589).
  • The European Journal of Management and Public Policy (ISSN 1726-6475, ECPD).
  • International Journal of Economic Sciences and Applied Research (IJESAR) [] (On line ISSN 1791-3373).
  • International Journal of Trade in Services (IJTS) [] (Serials Publications).

Emphasis will be placed on the publication of articles, which seek to link theory with application or critically analyze real work-group situations with the objective of identifying good system engineering practices, standards and concepts in many fields (e.g. product development, manufacturing etc). Papers accepted for publication are double blind refereed to ensure academic rigor and integrity

Important Dates:

Extended Abstract Submission:                      20   March 2009

Notification of decision:                                   15   April   2009

Full Paper Submission:                                      4   June    2009

Final author registration date:                          4   June    2009

Final paper submission (with changes):        17   July     2009


Note to Authors: Due to the large number of papers expected for this conference, the committee only allows an author to present up to two papers. Therefore, if multiple papers are accepted for presentation different co-authors need to present each paper.


Extended abstracts should be up to 500 words with up to six keywords. Submitted papers should not be more than 4,000 words including abstract, keywords and references (the Harvard referencing rules need to be followed). Papers should be submitted in English as .doc file attachments by email to the Conference email address (

Reviewing Process

  • The selection panel of the conference committee will consider all papers received by the submission deadline to ensure that the proposed paper is relevant to the Conference.
  • Paper selection notifications will then be sent out to relevant authors.
  • All full papers will be double-blind reviewed by members of the conference committee to ensure an adequate standard, that the paper is of a suitable length, the standard of English is adequate and the paper is appropriately referenced. Their comments will be given to the author who will present the paper.
  • For authors whose first language is not English we request that you have your work proof read prior to submission by a native English speaker (or at least a fluent English speaker). Papers can be rejected due to a poor standard of English.
  • Papers that are accepted will be published in the conference proceedings providing at least one author registers and presents the work at the Conference (see the registration section of the conference website for more information about registration).





Registration options
All prices are in € (Euro)

Early bird
A discounted fee if paid before 4 June 2009

Normal fee payable if
paid after 4 June 2009




Students: name of institution and student registration number required



Combined Supervisor and Student Discounted rate where both attend



Government and Public Sector



Professionals and consultants





Discount (20%) is also available for participants from ex-East European Countries, the Balkans and North Africa and (10%) for HSSS members.



Visitors to Greece must have a valid passport and may require a visa. For more information, please visit your local Greek Embassy website. Please note that we are not able to provide visas.




Programme Outline

The detailed programme will be posted once the review process has been completed.

From late April the titles of papers selected for the Conference will be listed on the Papers Selected Page. We hope that this will help you see how valuable the conference will be for you to attend.


Wednesday 24 June 2009

16:30-19:30 – pre-conference reception and registration


Thursday 25 June 2009

Morning session – 10:00hrs – 13:30hrs

Opening address

Keynote address – details to be confirmed

Conference breaks into multiple presentation streams


Afternoon session – 15:00hrs – 18:30hrs

Multiple presentation streams

Refreshment/networking break

Knowledge Café/Socratic Dialogue

Conference dinner – 21.00


Friday 26 June 2009

Morning session – 10:00 – 13:30

Multiple presentation streams

Refreshment/networking break

Multiple presentation streams    


Afternoon session – 15:00-18:30

Panel discussion – details to be confirmed

Multiple presentation streams

Close of conference – 18.30

Saturday 27 June 2009

Social Activity – details to be confirmed



Your contacts for this conference are:

Academic enquiries:

Associate Professor Konstantinos Anagnostopoulos, email:

Associate Professor Prodromos D. Chatzoglou,         email:


Submission enquiries:      Miss Eftichia Vraimaki,      email:

Registration enquiries:    Mr. Anastasios Diamantidis,  email:

Other enquiries:               HSSS (



HSSS President:        Professor Nikitas Assimakopoulos


Conference Chair:    Associate Prof. Konstantinos Anagnostopoulos

Associate Prof. Prodromos D. Chatzoglou