Poster: SOC Poster and Networking Session on Monday, July 18, 2022, 12:30 PM

Room: Creative Learning

Thread: Diversity

Duration: 120 minutes

Chair: Cherie Dirk

15. Grounding participatory systems approaches in multi-stakeholder collaboration in landscapes for enhancing equity and resilience

Presenters: Cherie Dirk, Birgit Kopainsky

The project explores how participatory systems approaches (PSAs) can be used to support collaboration and effective knowledge brokerage in southern African landscapes. PSAs allow for exploration of relationships, feedbacks and dynamic change over time whilst supporting the emergence of different stakeholder knowledges, values and perceptions of the landscape. This can contribute to improved learning, reduced power inequality, and enhanced collaboration leading to the emergence of negotiated, systemic understandings of what is needed for more equitable and resilient landscapes. The peer-reviewed literature, case studies, and expert reflections will be used to develop a Best Practice Toolkit including a reflections podinar and how-to-do demonstration video series that makes components of these tools more accessible to non-modelling experts. We argue that to be transformational, emancipatory and equitable in multi-stakeholder collaboration we need to progress how we use PSAs and tools more effectively to break down the current barriers related to power differentials and epistemic injustice.

16. Rethinking the business model concept in the anthropocene era: proposal for a systemic approach to the business model

Presenter: Roussignol Nicolas

This paper presents the state of progress of my thesis that I am conducting with PSL Paris-Dauphine University and the company I work for: Biocoop, a network of specialized organic food shops. My project consists in proposing a new framework - description and visual representation - of the business model concept, by adopting a systemic approach. In fact, if many authors recognize the systemic character of the concept, few of them mobilize systems thinking. However, we believe that this way of thinking and understanding the functioning of companies can allow managers and entrepreneurs to act differently, particularly by apprehending complexity. Therefore, we make propositions to design a new business model framework by adopting a systemic approach. These propositions will be put to the test in the field through the follow-up of one or more shop(s), so that a description and a representation of their business model emerges, notably through a series of collaborative workshops with the stakeholders of each shop.

17. Analysis between Human Resource Management employee well-being and organisational performance

Presenters: Ane Sánchez-Zeziaga, Unai Elorza, Myriam Soto Ruiz de Gordoa, Joe Viana

This research consists on the development of a System Dynamics model to assess the effect of Human Resource Management (HRM) actions on a company’s Organisational Performance (OP) and employee’s well-being WB. The contribution of this research is to dynamically analyse the relationship between implemented HR practices including High Involvement Work Systems (HIWS) and perceived HIWS, and their subsequent influence on OP and employee WB. This dynamic analysis will help to discern whether, how and when trade-offs emerge between OP and employee WB. For this purpose, I developed the qualitative problem structuring component of SD (CLD) for HRM-OP-WB relationship and its corresponding quantitative simulation component of SD (SFD) .

18. Flood risk management in a complex urban system using a participatory System Dynamics approach

Presenter: Virginia Rosa Coletta

The increasing frequency and intensity of flood events exacerbated by climate change, along with the complex dynamic evolution of urban systems due to population growth, are limiting the effectiveness of traditional urban flood risk modelling tools. In traditional modelling approaches, the analyses performed are indeed stationary and the elements of the urban system that affect vulnerability and exposure are not considered. This work in progress proposes an innovative approach for supporting decision-makers in exploring different urban future configurations and developing adaptive strategy for urban flood risk management. A multi-step methodology based on participatory System Dynamics modelling, is used for this purpose. Firstly, a Causal Loop Diagram enabled to coupling flood risk with urban dynamics. In this way it was possible to formulate hypothesis on both urban dynamics and policies implementation in case of flooding. Secondly, a Stock and Flow model related to the flood risk analysis will be integrated with the Dynamic Adaptive Policy Pathways approach in order to choose a series of flood adaptation actions for the urban system. Reference is made to the Thamesmead urban regeneration case study (London), within the CUSSH and CAMELLIA projects.

19. A System Dynamics Model of Leptospirosis in Urban Environments

Presenters: David Lounsbury, Rachel Thompson, Nasim Sabounchi

Leptospirosis is a zoonotic infectious disease of emergent concern to human health due to its association with natural disasters and climate change. In this analysis, we utilize a system dynamics (SD) modeling approach to model leptospirosis transmission dynamics in an endemic urban environment under a simulated flood scenario and identify areas for potential intervention and environmental control. In our simulation model, we utilize a Susceptible-Infected (SI) model of disease transmission among rodents, the primary reservoirs of Leptospira spp. in urban environments, and a Susceptible-Exposed-Infected-Recovered (SEIR) model of disease transmission to humans through an environmental exposure pathway mediated by hydroclimatic drivers of environmental disease transmission. All simulations were conducted using a simulated “flood scenario” within a hypothetical urban environment, in which “Flood Mitigation”, “Rodent Control”, and “Improved Sanitation” policy interventions were tested for potential effects on mitigating the base case flood-induced outbreak. We were able to successfully produce a simple SD model of leptospirosis transmission in a hypothetical urban environment which produced plausible systems behavior and which provided interesting insights regarding potential policy applications. While the current iteration of this model is a “work-in-progress”, we believe the model has a relatively strong structural foundation pending further revision, validation, and expert input.

20. Feedback-guided analysis as an approach to understanding student adoption of online learning 

Presenters: Monique Ann Tiongco, Lyka Marie Tiongco

The fast and unpredictable changes and increased complexity of today’s world led to significant challenges that press new demands on the education system. Worldwide, most academic institutions shifted their learning frameworks to an online learning model to limit physical interaction and slow the spread of the coronavirus. Even though the adoption of technology in learning has increased over the past two decades, most academic institutions were not prepared for the sudden shift to online learning which posed a major adjustment in learning. This study offers a technological infrastructure on education problem space in response to the changing environment to understand the value of online learning and other innovative forms of delivering educational materials to students in the context of higher education. We present preliminary models from a series of group model building session and the application of a systems based human ecology framework to capture the common understanding on the main challenges in online learning, its support strategies and the mechanisms guiding student behavior regarding its adoption.

21. System interventions, commercial real estate & capability traps v1.0

Presenter: Al Walker

Systems Thinking have been shown to be very effective for project-based work which means it is very well suited to supporting improvements in the CRE industry. System Dynamics modelling has been used to develop improvements to the development process, building operations and energy intensity reduction. Additionally, participatory approaches such as Group Model Building have also been used successfully to evolve mental models and improve policy decisions. Given the benefits these approaches have all demonstrated across the built environment – why is it that the industry still largely operates in a deterministic manner?