Managing organizational and strategic decisions in complexity: Programs, pathways and models


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Scholars, practitioners and managers are investigating the evolution of studies and applications of complex system theories in economic settings and, in particular, in management studies (Cavallo  et al., 2020; Chiva, 2014; Amagoh, 2016).
In the complex system theory, in particular, it is interesting to analyze and define the properties examined as relationships between individuals and aggregations; it is then the case also of socio-economic systems and, in particular, for managers and their organizations (Greco et al., 2012, Lachhab et al., 2022; Esposito et al., 2022). Research have been carried out to select the best ways to interpret the organizational problems, to sort them, and to get choices in complex frameworks; this is a very helpful approach for managers and very stimulating for researchers (Ammirato et al.(2022); Sterman, 2001; Boin, 2019; Gomes and Gubareva, 2021). The coherence of the choices made by policy-maker and managers should be analyzed (Brunelli and Cavallo, 2020)
Therefore, scholars from different fields have to integrate different theories, to support managers in dealing with the complexity inside and outside their organization (Esposito and Ricci, 2021; Modibbo et al., 2022; Fontoura and  Coelho, 2022; Ammirato et al., 2022).
Furthermore, the organizations operate in a complex word globally interconnected, where the traditional management processes are no longer adequate (Chakar et al., 2016; Freixanet and Federo, 2022). 
In order to do this, scholars and organization must form new relationships combining knowledge and practices to face today's uncertainty; interdisciplinary approach is absolutely necessary. These issues point out an interesting dilemma, which in few years will be crucial issue for policymakers, scholars, and practitioners: how to manage the relationships and achieve a good collaboration between different groups of stakeholders.


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This Special Issue moves in this direction by addressing scholars who provide frameworks, methods, techniques, and theories that effectively manage complexity for and within organizations. Therefore, the call for this issue is thought as a follow up of the Conference DySES (Dynamics of socio-economic systems) 2022 (NEOMA BS, Rouen, France, October, 5-7 2022) but it is also open for new contributions. Specifically, this special issue is dedicated to several aspects of complex system theory with application to many fields in socio-economic areas, with particular attention to methodological transfer and related decision methods. The papers will be selected between the contributes presented at DySES 2022 Conference that has been held at the Neoma BS de Rouen during October 2022, focused mainly on complex systems. An interdisciplinary approach will be very appreciated. More specifically, this Special Issue calls for the submission of contributions focusing on the management of complex organizations and strategic decisions with relation to the following topics (but are not limited to):

  • Strategic solutions regarding the management of complex organizations and systems;
  • Development of theoretical frameworks on the risks under challenges deriving from the transformations currently underway;
  • Understanding the managerial decisions in the complexity, individuating managerial programs, pathways and theoretical models;
  • Planning, financing and promotion of sustainability policies; 
  • Multi-Criteria methods to support complex organizations and systems. production problems;
  • Game theoretic approach, Data analytics and Fuzzy set with specific applications at complex problems for organizations.
  • Technological innovation in complex organizations;
  • Optimization problems in dynamical contexts.
  • Theoretical and empirical contributions, as well as qualitative and quantitative methods, will be equally appreciated.


Guest Editors

Bice Cavallo,
University of Naples Federico II, Italy,
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Alessio Ishizaka, 
NEOMA Business School, Rouen, France,
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Paolo Esposito
University of Sannio, Italy and , WSB University, Poland,
[email protected]

Massimo Squillante
University of Sannio Italy,
[email protected]


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Key Deadlines

Opening date for manuscript submissions: 1 September 2023
Closing date for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 
For additional information or queries about this special issue contact the Guest Editors.


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