Calls for papers


International Journal of Markets and Business Systems
International Journal of Markets and Business Systems


Special Issue on: “Visionary entrepreneurship in complex worlds: computer modelling, business games and scenario analysis”

Guest Editors:
Stefano Armenia, "Sapienza" University of Rome, Italy
Edoardo Mollona, University of Bologna, Italy

The aim of this special issue is to (1) advance knowledge, (2) stimulate innovative theorising and (3) facilitate discussion and connections about entrepreneurship in complex worlds using computer modelling, business games and scenario analysis. Building computer models to run simulation experiments in virtual environments provides a strong tool to support scenario-based analysis of long-term sustainability of business ideas (Delauzun and Mollona, 1999) as well as supporting decision making through the so-called model-based governance (Armenia et al., 2013). Computer-aided processes of deduction go far beyond the human capability to appreciate long-term consequences of strategic decisions. Thus, computer simulation supports entrepreneurs interpreting complex patterns of behaviour, such as peaks and lowest point, oscillations with different characteristics and changes in rates of growth or decline (Sterman, 2000).

Selected papers will be published from the 15th EURAM Conference, Track Entrepreneurship - Subtopic: "System Dynamics & Business Simulations", 17-20 June 2015, Kozminski University, Poland, but submissions from outside this event are also welcome


Armenia S., Carlini C., Onori R., Saullo A. P., 2014. “Policy Modeling as a new area for research: perspectives for a Systems Thinking and System Dynamics approach?”, Proceedings of the Business Systems Laboratory - 2nd International Symposium, Rome (Italy).
Delauzun, F. and Mollona E.. 1999. “Introducing System Dynamics to BBC World Service. An insider perspective”, Journal of Operational Research Society, 50:364-371.
Sterman, J.D. 2000. “Business Dynamics: Systems thinking and modeling for a complex world”. McGraw Hill.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Learning/teaching entrepreneurship through business games
  • Utilisation of computer modelling for scenario analysis
  • Organisational complexity with computer-based scenario analysis
  • Environmental complexity with computer-based scenario analysis
  • Business games as experimental test-beds for internal corporate entrepreneurship
We especially welcome papers that present business games and computer models or that report cases of utilisation of these tools for education or as supports for entrepreneurial decision-making.

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written)

All papers are refereed through a double blind process.

All papers must be submitted online. Please read our Submitting articles page

Important Dates

Deadline for Submissions: 30 September, 2015