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Complexity management and multi-scale governance : a case study in an Amazonian indigenous association (2017)
Journal Article
Espinosa, A., & Duque, C. (2018). Complexity management and multi-scale governance : a case study in an Amazonian indigenous association. European journal of operational research, 268(3), 1006-1020. doi:10.1016/j.ejor.2017.07.049

Even if Community Operational Research provides methodologies and tools to support community development, there are no published works illustrating how we can support an assessment of self-governance in an indigenous community using COR tools. In thi... Read More

Sustainability management : insights from the viable system model (2015)
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Panagiotakopoulos, P. D., Espinosa Salazar, A. M., & Walker, J. (2016). Sustainability management : insights from the viable system model. Journal of cleaner production, 113, 792-806. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.11.035

A review of current literature on sustainability standards reveals a significant gap between their adoption and the implementation of sustainability into every level of the organisation. In this paper, it is argued that in order to overcome this chal... Read More

Integrated sustainability management for organizations (2015)
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Panagiotakopoulos, P., Espinosa, A., & Walker, J. (2015). Integrated sustainability management for organizations. Kybernetes, 44(6/7), 984-1004. https://doi.org/10.1108/K-12-2014-0291

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to propose the Viable System Model (VSM) as an effective model to base the analysis of organizational sustainability (long-term viability). It is specifically proposed as a model to integrate the various sustai... Read More

Complexity management in practice : a Viable System Model intervention in an Irish eco-community (2012)
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Espinosa, A., & Walker, J. (2013). Complexity management in practice : a Viable System Model intervention in an Irish eco-community. European journal of operational research, 225(1), 118-129. doi:10.1016/j.ejor.2012.09.015

While soft OR tools offer specific solutions to manage complexity in organisations, little is known concerning soft OR tools to deal with self-organisation in communities. This paper describes an action research project where the authors facilitated... Read More

Management science methodologies in environmental management and sustainability: discourses and applications (2011)
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Paucar-Caceres, A., & Espinosa, A. (2011). Management science methodologies in environmental management and sustainability: discourses and applications. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 62(9), 1601-1620. https://doi.org/10.1057/jors.2010.110

This paper investigates and discusses the use of systemic methodologies (SMs) developed in management science/operational research (MS/OR), in particular, those SM that have been informing the complexity inherent in environmental management and susta... Read More

Towards an Holistic Framework for Environmental Change: The Role of Normative Behaviour and Informal Networking to Enhance Sustainable Business Practices (2009)
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Espinosa, A. (2009). Towards an Holistic Framework for Environmental Change: The Role of Normative Behaviour and Informal Networking to Enhance Sustainable Business Practices. Systemic practice and action research, 22(4), (275 - 291). ISSN 1094-429X

The term 'Sustainable Development' is brandished by modern businesses as a marketing ploy used to suggest evidence of ethical conduct, innovative thinking and moral superiority. However, when analysing an organisations' adoption of sustainable practi... Read More

A complexity approach to sustainability - Stafford Beer revisited (2008)
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Espinosa, A., Hamden, R., & Walker, J. (2008). A complexity approach to sustainability - Stafford Beer revisited. European journal of operational research, 187(2), 636-651. doi:10.1016/j.ejor.2007.03.023

There is wide acceptance of the need for a more holistic approach to sustainability. However, practical solutions remain elusive and tend to exhibit underlying conflicts between different paradigms and their associated methodologies. This paper argue... Read More