International Journal of Systems and Society (IJSS)

International Journal of Systems and Society (IJSS)

An Official Publication of the Information Resources Management Association

An Official Publication of the United Kingdom Systems Society (UKSS)

Editor-in-Chief: Frank Stowell (University of Portsmouth, UK)
Published: Semi-Annually |Established: 2014
ISSN: 2327-3984|EISSN: 2327-3992|DOI: 10.4018/IJSS


The International Journal of Systems and Society (IJSS) is dedicated to support and encourage the publication of high quality articles that promote the way in which systems ideas are used. Papers are encouraged from practitioners, systems researchers, and systems academics. The focus of the journal is on the use and development of systems ideas within society and less on literature reviews, although some instances may occur where such papers are accepted. The journal encourages field research and research into real situations. All papers undergo a double blind peer review process and the difference in style of practitioner papers from academic is acknowledged. In the long tradition of the Systemist, opinion papers are considered for publication at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief.

Topics Covered

  • Critical systems
  • Cybernetics and systems
  • Environment
  • Examples of systems theory that contribute to systems practice
  • Management practice
  • Modeling and numerical analysis
  • Organizational interventions
  • Organizational power
  • Participatory methods
  • Planning and decision support systems
  • Social care
  • Social systems
  • Soft systems
  • System Dynamics
  • Systems and complexity
  • Systems failure
  • Systems field research
  • Urban Regeneration

Mission and Scope

The International Journal of Systems and Society (IJSS) is committed to the publication and dissemination of articles relating to the development of systems philosophy, theory, practice, its models, concepts and methodologies developed as an aid for improving decision making and problem solving for the benefit of organizations and the wider society. The goal of the journal is serve as an outlet for a cross section of articles from across the spectrum of systems ideas. The journal embraces all aspects of social concerns from environmental issues and organizational concerns to health and social well being. As such, IJSS is the official journal of the United Kingdom Systems Society (UKSS).

Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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Editor(s)-in-Chief Biography

Frank Stowell is Emeritus Professor of Systems and Information Systems at the University of Portsmouth. He has a PhD in Organisational Change and his research centers around methods of participative design. He has supervised a number of research projects from modeling complex decision-making in mental health care, knowledge management, through to methods for client-led information systems development. He has been co-chair of a number of research council funded projects notably the Systems Practice for Managing Complexity project, designed to help managers address complex issues, which has developed into a self sustaining network. His latest publication The Managers Guide to Systems Practice (2012, Wiley Chichester) is a text written expressly with the kind of managers in mind who have attended the workshops over the past decade. The text deals with Systems ideas and models that are discussed as potential methods of addressing the complex issues encountered in the workplace. He is past President of the UK Academy of Information Systems and the UK Systems Society ( He presently occupies the chair of the Council of Information Systems Professors and has recently joined the Board of the World Organisation of Systems and Cybernetics. He has published papers and texts in the field and presented papers at a number of international conferences in Europe and the United States. Prior to his academic career he was employed by central government as a consultant within the Management Systems Development Group and has experience of defining and developing IT supported management information systems.

Editorial Board

Senior International Advisory Board
Véronique Bouchard, EMLYON Business School, France
Frijof Capra, Center for Ecoliteracy, USA
Peter Checkland, Lancaster University Management School, UK
Raul Espejo, General World Organisation of Systems and Cybernetics, UK
Gianfranco Minarti, Italian Systems Society, Italy
Ian Mitroff, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Werner Ulrich, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Senior Associate Editors
Gandolfo Dominici, University of Palermo, Italy
Peter Hovmand, Washington University in St. Louis, USA
Vasilios Katos, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
Steen Leleur, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Janet McIntyre, Flinders University, Australia
Jenneth Parker, Schumacher Institute for Sustainable Systems, UK
Stephen Probert, Independent Consultant, UK
Ian Roderick, Schumacher Institute for Sustainable Systems, UK
Petia Sice, Northumbria University, UK
Daune West, University of the West of Scotland, UK

International Editorial Review Board

General Systems Theory, Hierarchy, SSM and VSM
Shavindrie Cooray, Curry College, USA
André Reichel, Zeppelin Universität, Germany
Christine Welch, Portsmouth Business School - University of Portsmouth, UK

Complex Systems, Knowledge Management
Gianpaolo Basile, President BS Laboratory, Italy
Peter Bednar, School of Computing, University of Portsmouth, England
Harry Kogetsidis, University of Nicosia, Cyprus
Andrew Lyon, International Futures Forum Edinburg, UK

Critical Systems Thinking
Jennifer Wilby, University of Hull, UK

Information Systems
Laurence Brooks, Brunel University, UK
Moufida Sadok, University of Portsmouth, UK

Planning and Decision Support Systems
Theodor Stewart, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Cybernetics and Systems Dynamics
George M. Giaglis, Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece
Erik Mosekilde, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

Alison Stowell, Lancaster University Management School, UK


Prospective authors should note that only original and previously unpublished articles will be considered. INTERESTED AUTHORS MUST CONSULT THE JOURNAL’S GUIDELINES FOR MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSIONS at PRIOR TO SUBMISSION. All article submissions will be forwarded to at least 3 members of the Editorial Review Board of the journal for double-blind, peer review. Final decision regarding acceptance/revision/rejection will be based on the reviews received from the reviewers. All submissions must be forwarded electronically.

All submissions and inquiries should be directed to the attention of:

Frank Stowell
International Journal of Systems and Society (IJSS)