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December 23, 2005

Systems Thinking, lnnovation, Quality, Entrepreneurship and Environment


for the 8th International Conference on Linking

Systems Thinking, lnnovation, Quality, Entrepreneurship and Environment

STIQE 2006

To be held in Maribor, Slovenia, June 28 - 30, 2006

The. STIQE 2006 Conference is the continuation of the discussion launched at seven previous STIQE conferences in Maribor, Slovenia. They encouraged an interdisciplinary discussion about mutual links of theory and practice of Systems Thinking, Quality, Innovationg, Entrepreneurship and Environmental Care.

STIQE has developed to a unique event. It is a rare one in the world covering the mutual links rather than the above viewpoints/disciplines named alone. The previous STIQEs gathered (systems) thinkers with diverse professional and intellectual backgrounds. Their fruitful discussions and dialogues showed that the five disciplines are closely related and interactive.

The STIQE 2006 Conference aims at addressing some of the following questions:

1. Can Systems Thinking be a platform for necessary adaptations of national policies on their road towards knowledge society?

2. How processes of globalization support and oppose systems thinking, innovation, quality, entrepreneurship, and safe environment?

3. How to shape social and business environment for entrepreneurship to make it capable of serving as an agent of change and diffusor of new ideas and knowledge?

4. Are the application of Systems Thinking and Its findings able to make the accomplishment of Innovation, Quality, Entrepreneurship and Environmental Care easier, not only regarding products, services, and management, but also the environment and life, and how?

5. How systemic is the entrepreneurship research and how entrepreneurial is the systems movement? Is there any innovative systems movement left, at all?

6. How systemic and linked to innovation, entrepreneurship, quality movement, is the sustainable development movement?

7. How systemic and linked to innovation, entrepreneurship, sustainable development, is the movement for excellent business quality?

8. Can the synergy of Systems Thinking, Innovation, Quality, Entrepreneurship, and Environmental Care reinforce the chances for prosperity of transitional countries in the age of globalisation?

Many mere aspects and topics seem to make sense and are worth a further exploration, as the (unfinished) list has just shown. You may want to participate in it.

All abstracts and papers should be sent to us in English that is going to be the working language of the conference. Detailed instructions for formatting the paper together with other information on the conference content and venue will be sent to authors after acceptance of their papers for presentation.

We will again publish a book of selected papers, and best papers will be considered for publication in peer-reviewed journal.

The fee for all participants will be 250 EUR, including participation in the conference, its proceedings with all edited papers, and refreshments between the sessions. The fee for the participants with papers accepted and presented will be reduced to 200 EUR.

Deadlines of the STIQE 2006:
10th January, 2006:

Submission of abstracts (1 page) and a 1/3 page of the author's C.V. By e-mail.
1st March, 2006:
Acceptance or rejection of papers: instructions for preparing the final papers. By e-mail.
15th April, 2006;
Submission of the final papers covering 8 – 10 pages (maximum). By e-mail.
15th May, 2006:

Final program and information about the conference. By e-mail.

Submission of abstracts, suggestions, requests for other information and other questions should be addressed to:

Prof. Dr. Miroslav Rebernik ([email protected]) or

Prof. Dr. Matjaz Mulej ([email protected])

Postal address:
University of Maribor
Faculty of Economics and Business
P.Q. Box 142 (EPF)

Posted by ACASA on December 23, 2005 at 11:12 AM in Conferences and Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0)

December 12, 2005

Participation and Development: The Mexico of the Future

Mexico City 2006: Celebrating Russell L. Ackoff’s 87th Anniversary, February 14 – 15, 2006Russcart

Russ Ackoff has a long history of collaboration with Mexican scholars and professionals since the early 60’s. His planning methodology has been put into practice in several instances along a variety of institutions and corporations. All of the projects he has been involved in are unmistakably geared towards development with emphasis in stakeholder participation. His books in systems thinking, organizational design, development and other topics are widely used in Mexican universities. Many Mexican students as well as professionals have benefited from his thought by directly interacting with him as graduate students, in seminars, consulting or through personal communication.

The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) through the Institutes of Applied Mathematics and Systems (IIMAS), Engineering (II) and The School of Engineering (FI) is proud to invite you to this Symposium honoring Dr. Ackoff, focused on participation, development and the Mexico of the future.


Guest speakers. In addition to Dr. Ackoff , Dr.  John P. van Gigch and Dr. Paul Kleindorfer.

Mexican speakers. University authorities, Government officials and ex-officials, professionals, alumni of Russell Ackoff.

Organizing Committee

Jaime Jiménez, Institute of Applied Mathematics and Systems (IIMAS), National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), [email protected]. Tel. (52 55) 5622 3597, mobile 044 55 2174 6929

Raúl Carvajal, The United States – Mexico Foundation for Science (FUMEC), Mexico. [email protected] . Tel. (52 55) 5524 5150, mobile 044 55 1800 0224

Symposium Venue

Auditorium of IIMAS, School Circuit, University City, UNAM, Mexico City.


Hotel Paraíso Radisson, Cúspide 53. Colonia Parque del Pedregal, cp 14020. Delegación Tlalpan. Tel. (52 55) 5606 4211. At 10-minute drive from University City. Please contact and inform Jaime Jiménez your intention to attend the Symposium. A two-week advance notice prior to the event entitles you to a special hotel fare of approx. 100 US dls, single or double room.

Program --1/feb/2006.



14-15 DE FEBRERO DE 2006


14 de febrero.

10:00 – 10:10 Bienvenida del Dr. Demetrio Fabián García Nocetti, Director del IIMAS.

10:10 – 10:20 Bienvenida del Dr. Sergio M. Alcocer Martínez de Castro, Director del Instituto de Ingeniería.

10:20 – 10:50 Palabras del M. en I. Gerardo Ferrando Bravo, Director de la Facultad de Ingeniería, sobre el impacto de Russell Ackoff en la planeación universitaria.

10:50 – 11:30 Raúl Carvajal. “Russell Ackoff: dos paradigmas y un poco más”.

11:30 – 12:00 Paul Kleindorfer. “A Net-centric Perspective on the Nature of the Firm”.

12:00 – 12:15 Café.

12:15 – 12:45 Bernardo Bátiz. "A más de 40 años: Qué ha significado la presencia de Russ Ackoff en México"

12:45 – 13:15 Jaime Jiménez. “El diseño idealizado del sistema de comunicaciones científico y tecnológico a 30 años de su formulación.”

13:15 – 13:45 Roger Díaz de Cossío. Los años 60: comentarios de Roger.

 Enrique Jiménez Espriú. Los años 70. Comentarios de Enrique.

14:00 – 15:00 Vino de honor.


17:30 – 19:00 Conversación con Russell Ackoff.

 Los asistentes tendrán la oportunidad de plantearle preguntas y hacerle comentarios a Russell Ackoff en una reunión informal.

15 de febrero.

10:00 – 10:30 John P. van Gigch. "Using the Ackoff--Churchman Inquiring System To Change Mistrust into Trust and Enmity Into Friendship."

10:30 – 10:40 Guillermo Soberón. “Ackoff en la UNAM: perspectiva desde la Rectoría”.

10:40 – 11:00 Fernando Solana. Comentarios de Fernando respecto a su relación con Ackoff.

11:00 – 11:30 Miguel Szekely. “El enfoque sistémico: creatividad en la diversidad”.

11:30 – 12:00 Russell Ackoff. Conferencia Magistral: “Qué es lo que pueden hacer los aquí presentes por el desarrollo de México?”.

12:00 – 12:15 Café.

12:15 –13:45 Mesa redonda: “México en el año 2020 a la luz de la Conferencia Magistral de Ackoff”.

Russell Ackoff, John P. van Gigch, Gerardo Ferrando, Bernardo Bátiz, Roger Díaz de Cossío, Enrique Jiménez Espriú, Fernando Solana, Miguel Szekely, Raúl Carvajal. Moderador: Jaime Jiménez.

13:45 – 14:00 Entrega de un diploma de reconocimiento a Russell Ackoff.

14:00 – 15:30 Almuerzo en los jardines del IIMAS.


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