The Twentieth International Conference of the System Dynamics Society
July 28 - August 1, 2002 Palermo, Italy Registration Brochure
Conference website: http://www.systemdynamics.org/
PROGRAM: The main theme of this years conference is "Organizational
Change Dynamics - Understanding Systems, Managing Transformation."
SPECIAL SESSIONS AND CONVENED SESSIONS:
***Russell L. Ackoff and Peter M. Senge will talk about THE DYNAMIC
CONCEPT OF AN ENTERPRISE and MANAGING AND LEADING ORGANIZATIONS AS
COMMUNITIES respectively. Conceptual transformations to management and
organizations in an enterprise, and the evolving qualities of
organizations as human communities will be discussed. Russell L. Ackoff is
Anheuser-Busch Professor Emeritus of Management Science at The Wharton
School, University of Pennsylvania, an author and co-author. Peter M.
Senge is a Senior Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
and Founding Chair of the Society for Organizational Learning (SoL),
author and co-author.
***An Expert View of the System Dynamics Modeling Process: Concurrences
and Divergences Searching for Best Practices in System Dynamics Modeling.
This presentation will be a facilitated face-to-face discussion concerning
best practices among participants (Society presidents and award winners)
in this ongoing research study, followed by open questions and discussions
from the audience. The presenters include George P. Richardson, Professor
at the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy,
University at Albany, State University of New York, author and co-author.
Ignacio J. Martinez is a PhD student concentrating in system dynamics at
the University at Albany.
***In addition to regular parallel sessions, this year there are some
themed convened sessions. Topics include: Mediterranean Energy &
Environment; Finance; Petroleum; Electricity Based Energy; Optimization;
Competing and Strategizing in Network Economies; Business Strategy and
Small- to Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs).
The program will also include hands-on workshops and tutorial sessions led
by senior people in the field. Also scheduled are panel discussions,
special interest group sessions, student colloquia, vendor displays,
exhibits, and demonstrations. This year, to accommodate the growing
interest and attendance in workshops, all workshops are scheduled for the
last day of the conference, Thursday, August 1. The workshops will run in
parallel sessions between 8 am and 1 pm. The titles of the Thursday
workshops are listed below. In addition to the Thursday workshops, the
second annual Modeling Assistance Workshop is tentatively scheduled to
take place in the exhibit area for the duration of the conference. A
post-conference workshop is scheduled for Thursday afternoon and Friday.
For details on these workshops and up-to-date information on the
conference, please visit the conference website at:
THURSDAY WORKSHOP TITLES:
-Strategic Clarity: Driving Systemic Transformation
-How To Inject System Dynamics Successfully Into Your Curriculum
-Fast Track Strategic Modelling
-Digest Workshop: Automatic Detection Of Most Influential Structure In
System Dynamics Models
-Introduction To The Feedback Phenomenological Method (FP)
-Starting A System Dynamics Program In Your School For Students In Grades
-Developing Causal Loop Diagrams Using Group Model Building Methods
-Where The Model Meets the User: An Interface Design Workshop For Creative
-Modelling Complex Enterprises: Combining The Strengths Of Cybernetics And
-Introducing/Using System Dynamics In Six Sigma Programs
-Creativity Workshop: Introducing The Method Of Unlearning
-The SECOND ANNUAL Modeling Assistance Workshop will run from Monday to
-POST CONFERENCE WORKSHOP scheduled for Thursday afternoon and Friday
until 2 pm. (July 31 - August 1): Third Annual Strategy Dynamics Workshop:
For information and reservations for this event contact Andrea Albertson
by email <email@example.com>, phone +44-01844-275518, or fax
+44-01844-275507. Strategy Dynamics will offer a workshop this year on the
fundamentals and application of the Strategy Dynamics approach. Topics
will include: an overview of Strategy Dynamics, the resource-based view,
creating strategic architectures, and pedagogical issues regarding
Strategy Dynamics. Break out session will be offered in an effort to
accommodate issues confronted by both practitioners and educators. There
will be a participant cost to cover operating expenses. Participants
should bring a laptop computer (if you have one). This course is
classified for "everyone."
PhD STUDENT COLLOQUIUM: This third annual event is scheduled to meet on
Sunday, July 28th starting at 8 am. For more information visit:
The SOCIAL PROGRAM tentatively includes:
Sunday: Informal Gathering
Monday: Wine Tasting Welcome Reception at the Palazzo Steri
Tuesday: Conference Banquet
For guests/spouses, a Guest Activity Ticket (including the conference
banquet, three lunches, and the Tour of the Palazzo Steri) can be
purchased by using the registration form. We respectfully request that all
participants and guests wear name badges when on-site or attending a
Monday: The Consultants Roundtable sponsored by PA Consulting Group
Daily: Tour of the Historic Palazzo Steri
Daily: SD Career Link Bulletin Board
Daily: Coursework in System Dynamics Display Table
Please note: The conference organizing committee reserves the right to
change the program without notice.
For the Conference Registration Form, the Hotel Room Fax Form and the
Tentative Conference Schedule please visit the website at
http://www.systemdynamics.org/ and click on "2002 Conference."
TRAVEL: (PLEASE BOOK YOUR TRAVEL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.)
For your convenience, the conference is registered with a local travel
agency: Sicilia Dreams
Via Libert, 39 - 90139 Palermo, Italy
Phone: +39 091 612 4526 Fax: +39 091 609 1282
Toll Free: 800 905 910 (only in Italy)
Contact Sicilia Dreams for non-conference venue accommodations, pre- and
post-conference touring, and day trips. A short list of their services
includes nautical charters, guided city sightseeing, cooking and ceramics
classes, ticketing for special events, local transportation needs
(including scooter rentals) and restaurant reservations. A travel agent
will be on site to assist with general information and suggestions on how
to spend your free time.
In conjunction with the conference, Alitalia is offering conference
travelers special airline rates. All participants will benefit from a
special discount on available fares. Participants may contact their
nearest Alitalia Office (see the addresses and the phone numbers on
Alitalias website: http://www.alitalia.it
) to request information and
make reservations on available flights to Palermo, Italy. Please mention
the "WN" identification code. Participants coming from the United States
may contact their nearest Alitalia office or call the toll-free number
ON-SITE AND CONFERENCE ACCOMMODATIONS: There are 65 rooms reserved at the
discounted conference room rate for attendees at the conference venue
(Grand Hotel Villa Igiea) and 120 rooms reserved at the discounted
conference room rate for attendees at the sister hotel, Grand Hotel et Des
Palmes. The Villa Igiea is located on the outskirts of the city. The Des
Palmes is located downtown, a short walk from museums and shops. A shuttle
bus runs between the two hotels. The trip takes about 10 minutes by bus,
depending on traffic. Walking distance is approximately 20 - 25 minutes
between the two hotels. Depending on availability, both hotels will honor
the discounted conference room rate for stays before or after the
conference dates of July 28 - August 1, 2002. If you prefer to stay
elsewhere, or if the above-mentioned rooms are sold out, please contact
the travel agency Sicilia Dreams.
Reservations for rooms at the Grand Hotel Villa Igiea and the Grand Hotel
et Des Palmes should be made by contacting Ms. Liboria Ganci by FAX at +39
(0)91 637 5903. The hotel staff prefers a fax sent to Ms. Ganci including
your name, roommates name if applicable, arrival date, departure date,
selected room type, choice of hotel, and credit card details. You must
specify your booking is related to the System Dynamics Society conference.
If sending a fax is not possible, e-mail may be sent to
<firstname.lastname@example.org>, including the same information listed above.
Please make your hotel reservations by the deadline June 28, 2002. When
faxing, and especially when sending reservations by e-mail, please make
sure you receive a confirmation from the hotel. Prices range from US$65/
Euro 68 (per person double) at Des Palmes to US$155/Euro 161 (per person
single) at Villa Igiea, per night, including breakfast. Conference
registration spaces and special-rate rooms are limited; make your
reservations and register early!
Addresses for the conference hotels:
Grand Hotel Villa Igiea, Salita Belmonte, 43, 90142 Palermo, Italy
Phone: +39 091 63 12 111, Fax: +39 091 54 76 54
Grand Hotel et Des Palmes, Via Roma, 398, 90139 Palermo, Italy
Phone: +39 091 60 28 111, Fax: +39 091 33 15 45
Room Cancellation Policy at Villa Igiea and Des Palmes: Percentage of
total amount retained by the hotel increases as the reservation date
becomes nearer. Please refer to the website.
OTHER ACCOMMODATIONS: Contact Sicilia Dreams: phone +39 091 612 4526, fax
+39 091 609 1282 or <email@example.com>. When booking a
room through Sicilia Dreams, it is suggested one choose a hotel nearby the
Grand Hotel et Des Palmes, the pick-up point for the shuttle bus.
LUNCH at the Conference Site - Villa Igiea: Lunches on Monday, Tuesday and
Wednesday for conference participants are included in the registration
fee. Lunches for guests/spouses for all three days are included in the
Guest Activity Ticket. Please see the registration form.
LOCAL INFORMATION FOR TRAVELERS:
-Weather: Typically, in July the temperatures oscillate from about 28 C
(83 F) to 30 C (87 F).
-Local Currency: Euro. Most major credit cards are accepted. (Approximate
currency exchange rates: http://www.xe.net/ucc/
-Tipping: In general, tipping or gratuity in restaurants and for other
instances is appreciated and is typically 10% for satisfactory service.
-Visa requirements: Visa arrangements and conditions governing the entry
of aliens into Italy may be viewed at:
-Dress Code: Dress will be casual, except for the dinner on Tuesday
evening, which will require tidy (not black tie) dress.
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Nominations are invited for the Jay W. Forrester
Award 2002 and the Dana Meadows Student Paper Prize 2002. For more
information please visit the conference website.
REGISTRATION PROCESS: Make your room reservation by FAX with the hotel or
with Sicilia Dreams. Next, please complete the conference registration
form with payment information, and fax or post it to the address
indicated. Registrations can also be made by telephone with a credit card.
Upon receipt of the completed registration form, a confirmation will be
The conference registration fee includes attendance for one person at all
regular conference functions (all Sessions, Presentations and Meetings,
Informal Gathering, Wine Tasting Welcome Reception, Lunches on Monday,
Tuesday and Wednesday, Coffee/Tea Breaks, and Banquet). You may invite a
guest to the Informal Gathering and Wine Tasting Welcome Reception at no
additional cost. Copies of the printed abstracts and the CD proceedings
are included with the registration fee.
Cancellation policy: Any cancellation or change in conference
registration must be submitted in writing to the Society office.
Cancellations before June 26, 2000 are subject to a cancellation fee of
50%. Thereafter, no refund will be given; however, a registration may be
transferred to a substitute participant.
DEADLINES AND KEY DATES:
*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.
*June 28, 2002: Deadline for hotel reservation.
*July 28, 2001: Attend the conference
CONFERENCE SPONSORS TO DATE:
Ackoff Center for Advancement of Systems Approaches (ACASA)
Amber Blocks Ltd.
Amia (Waste Management Company of Palermo)
Assindustria (Association of Entrepreneurs)
Banco di Sicilia
Cantine Settesoli (Winery)
Center for Technology in Government (CTG) University at Albany/SUNY
CUSA-System Dynamics Group
Comune di Palermo (Municipality of Palermo)
Global Strategy Dynamics Ltd.
High Performance Systems Inc.
HVR Consulting Services Ltd.
John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
KBS (Knowledge Based Simulation)
Luigi Bocconi University
PA Consulting Group
Pegasus Communications Inc.
Sicilia Dreams Travel Agency
SoL (Society for Organizational Learning)
University of Palermo
Ventana Systems Inc.
-Conference Chair: Habib Sedehi, Chairman
System Dynamics Italian Chapter Rome, Italy
-Program Chair: Paal I. Davidsen, Professor, University of Bergen, Norway
-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
-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: Enzo Bivona, Gianliborio Marrone
and Giovanbattista Montemaggiore
-Worskhop Coordinator: Ignacio Martinez
-Coursework Coordinator: Patricia Quinn
Nicholas C. Georgantzas
University of Palermo, Faculty of Political Sciences
(CUSA-System Dynamics Group)
Luigi Bocconi University, (Istituto di Economia Aziendale) Milan
SYstem Dynamics Italian Chapter (SYDIC)
For more information on the Society, the conference and the field of
system dynamics please contact the Society office:
SYSTEM DYNAMICS SOCIETY firstname.lastname@example.org
Milne 300, Rockefeller College phone (518) 442-3865
135 Western Avenue fax (518) 442-3398
State University of New York at Albany
Albany, NY, 12222, U.S.A. http://www.systemdynamics.org/