Aug
02

BTH leads development of special volume of scientific journal on the theme leadership towards sustainability

Professor Donald Huisingh, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cleaner Production, has invited the sustainability team at Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH) to lead the development of a special volume of the journal.

– This is one of the most recognized and respected journals in the field of sustainability with the 2012 Impact Factor of 3.398. It is a great honor and recognition of our work to receive this invitation. We have accepted the mission, and now, along with colleagues, prepared a Call for Papers entitled, “Systematic Leadership towards Sustainability,” says Göran Broman, Research Director at the Department of Strategic Sustainable Development at BTH.

BTH-professors Göran Broman and Karl-Henrik Robèrt have, for more than twenty years, been central figures in an international scientific process designed to develop and test concepts, methods and tools to support implementation of strategic sustainable development, especially approaches to support rational handling of the leadership challenges that the sustainability transition processes present.

– We have focused our research and education on support for leaders and change agents within companies, municipalities and other organizations in managing the complexity of the transition to sustainability in a systematic and strategic way, say the sustainability professors, and continues:

– It is not enough for science to obtain and convey more and more knowledge of already manifested symptoms of unsustainability. Nor is it sufficient to do more and better predictions of how these problems may get worse and of what new problems may appear should civilization fail to put a halt to unsustainable development. Nor is it sufficient with more research into the psychological and sociological theories that aim to explain why more is not done to stop the ongoing unsustainable development. Finally, it is not enough to try to develop various solutions singularly to individual sustainability problems. There is an urgent need for making more and better use of the results from the above types of research and for evolving research and implementation efforts in new ways. There is a need for systems science for cross-disciplinary and cross-sector innovation for sustainability. This is needed to utilize specialists’ and generalists’ competences in better ways and to coordinate the development of solutions in subsystems so that they support each other and together lead to societal changes at a scale and pace that makes sustainability achievable.

– With this Special Volume, we have the opportunity to invite researchers from around the world who work in sustainability research to share their insights, findings, visions, concepts, methods and tools. It will help all to learn from each other at the knowledge frontier in the field, say Göran Broman and Karl-Henrik Robèrt.

– BTH’s research and education in systems science and leadership for sustainability is world-renown. Their sustainability team was my clear choice to lead this special volume, reflects Professor Donald Huisingh, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cleaner Production. Their leadership has been and continues to be impressive. As we solicit inputs for this Special Volume, we anticipate that numerous new approaches will be presented by creative minds, world-wide, which build upon the solid foundation laid by our colleagues Göran Broman and Karl-Henrik Robèrt and the hundreds who have and are co-working with them and others on the diverse, and urgently needed transformations to truly sustainable societies. I anticipate that this Special Volume will become an outstanding

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textbook for all working in this multi-dimensional area, ends Donald Huisingh.

call for papers

For more information, please contact Göran Broman, e-mail: goran.broman@bth.se or tel.: 0455-38 55 04.

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