Human Systems Management

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Call for papers: On the Strategic Revival of Human Systems Management (submission deadline: 31 October 2020)

Human Systems Management (HSM) is an interdisciplinary, international, refereed journal, offering applicable, scientific insight into reinventing business, civil-society and government organizations, through the sustainable development of high-technology processes and structures. Adhering to the highest civic, ethical and moral ideals, the journal promotes the emerging anthropocentric-sociocentric paradigm of societal human systems, rather than the pervasively mechanistic and organismic or medieval corporatism views of humankind’s recent past.

Intentionality and scope
Their management autonomy, capability, culture, mastery, processes, purposefulness, skills, structure and technology often determine which human organizations truly are societal systems, while others are not. HSM seeks to help transform human organizations into true societal systems, free of bureaucratic ills, along two essential, inseparable, yet complementary aspects of modern management:

a) the management of societal human systems: the mastery, science and technology of management, including self management, striving for strategic, business and functional effectiveness, efficiency and productivity, through high quality and high technology, i.e., the capabilities and competences that only truly societal human systems create and use, and

b) the societal human systems management: the enabling of human beings to form creative teams, communities and societies through autonomy, mastery and purposefulness, on both a personal and a collegial level, while catalyzing people’s creative, inventive and innovative potential, as people participate in corporate-, business- and functional-level decisions.

Appreciably large is the gulf between the innovative ideas that world-class societal human systems create and use, and what some conventional business journals offer. The latter often pertain to already refuted practices, while outmoded business-school curricula reinforce this problematic situation.

To reverse this trend, HSM provides scientific education and insight, commensurate to today’s management needs. The journal offers applied scientific methods, which promise to bring success to business, civil-society and government organizations, helping these societal human systems not just to survive, but also to deliver on their purposefulness and hence to prosper.


Prof. dr. Nada Trunk Širca, Jean Monnet Chair
Management, Education
International School for Social and Business Studies
Euro-Mediterranean University
University of Primorska
Pot k izviru 4, 6320 Portorož, Slovenia
Tel.: +38640626990

Founding Editor-in-Chief
Milan Zeleny, Professor Emeritus

Senior Editors - Advisory Board
Valerij Dermol
HRM, entrepreneurship
International school for business and social studies

Nicholas C. Georgantzas
Fordham University, USA

Binshan Lin
Informatics, management
Louisiana State University, USA

Kongkiti Phusavat
Management, engineering
Kasetsart University, Thailand

Associate Editors
Umair Akram
Consumer Behavior, HRM
Guanghua School of Management
Peking University, China

Katarina Babnik
HRM, psychology
University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Anca Draghici
Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania

Adela Lau
Data Analytics and Business Research
Madonna University, USA

Karim Moustaghfir
HRM, entrepreneurship
Al Akhawayn University, Morocco

Haruthai Numprasertchai
HRM, business
Kasetsart University, Thailand

Anna Rakowska
HRM, management
Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Poland

Statistical Associate Editor
Plamen Vladkov Mirazchiyski
Educational Research Institute, Slovenia
International Educational Research and Evaluation Institute

Book Review Editor
Prof. Alan E. Singer
Professor of Management
Walker College of Business
Appalachian State University
North Carolina, USA

European Book Editor
Prof. Malcolm Warner
University of Cambridge
10 Chalcot Cresent
London NW1 8YD
United Kingdom

Editorial Board
Dunya Ahmed
University of Bahrain

Tom R. Burns
Department of Sociology
Uppsala University, Sweden

Pavel Castka
University of Canterbury
New Zealand

Brian Dangerfield
Department of Management
University of Bristol, United Kingdom

Martin De Waele
Montreal, QC, Canada

Kalyanmoy Deb
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

Susana de Juana Espinosa
Universidad de Alicante, Spain

Youn-Suk Kim
Economics Department
Kean College of New Jersey
Union, NJ, USA

Yoshio Kondo
Kyoto, Japan

Ana Landeta
Madrid Open University, Spain

Patrick Chang Boon Lee
Faculty of Business Administration
University of Macau
Taipa, Macau

Hua Li
School of Economics and Management
Xidian University
Xi'ian, China

Thow-Yick Liang
School of Business
Singapore Management University

Binshan Lin
Department of Management and Marketing
Louisiana State University
Shreveport, LA, USA

Kenneth D. Mackenzie
EMAC Assessments, LLC
Lawrence, KS, USA

Luigia Melillo
Pegaso International university

Desmond W. Ng
Deptartment of Agricultural Economics
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX, USA

Vivek Patkar
The ICFAI University
Mumbai, India

Boaz Ronen
School of Business Administration
Faculty of Management
Tel-Aviv University, Israel

Yong Shi
Graduate University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences
Beijing, China

Yoo-Keun Shin
School of Management
Seoul National University

Olesea Sirbu
Academy of Economic Studies

Aleš Trunk
International school for business and social studies

Ali Türkyilmaz
Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan

Bistra Vassileva
University of Economics – Varna, Bulgaria

Shouyang Wang
Institute of Systems Science
Academy of Mathematics & Systems Science
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Beijing, China

Moti Zwilling
Ariel University, West Bank


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Editorial policy
HSM publishes scientific-research articles that provide true insight into the mastery, science and technology of managing human systems and human systems management, which attract sizable reader audiences worldwide. Adhering to civic, ethical and moral virtues, the journal focuses on societal organizational problems and solutions, most pertinent to technological innovation, high-technology management, rather than appropriate-technology management, and the emergence of new, participative governance forms and structures of societal human networks.

Submitted manuscripts must show three scientific merits: (a) boldness in stating and exploring tentative scientific research questions and/or hypotheses, (b) clarity in defining ideas, methods, results and implications for practice, and (c) temperance in observation, analysis, synthesis, interpretation and discussion of results, relevant to both research and practice.

HSM complements journals that specialize in the hardware and software aspects of technology, by emphasizing the anthropocentric relations and sociocentric relationships of high technology: its brainware or knoware and support network. In the interest of promoting critical thinking, and given that information does not become knowledge without action, knowledge management is very much at the forefront of interest at HSM.

HSM seeks high-quality contributions in terms of originality, readability and relevance to both research and practice. In judging the manuscripts fit for publication, HSM’s Editors adhere to the highest standards of intellectual and personal integrity.

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HSM also publishes a variety of material that complements and expands the themes of its published articles, such as announcements, book reviews, comments, field reviews, letters to the editor, news and short communications. HSM maintains the research discussion through an open dialogue, which integrates letters concerning its previous issues; it also welcomes and mostly accepts academic advertisements and employment opportunity announcements.

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[1] Rose ME, Huerbin MB, Melick J, Marion DW, Palmer AM, Schiding JK, Kochanek PM, Graham SH. Regulation of interstitial excitatory amino acid concentrations after cortical contusion injury. Brain Res. 2002; 935(12): 406-416.
[2] Murray PR, Rosenthal KS, Kobayashi GS, Pfaller MA. Medical microbiology. 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby; 2002.
[3] Berkow R, Fletcher AJ, editors. The Merck manual of diagnosis and therapy. 16th ed. Rahway (NJ): Merck Research Laboratories; 1992.
[4] Meltzer PS, Kallioniemi A, Trent JM. Chromosome alterations in human solid tumors. In: Vogelstein B, Kinzler KW, editors. The genetic basis of human cancer. New York: McGrawHill; 2002. p. 93113.
[5] Canadian Cancer Society [homepage on the Internet]. Toronto: The Society; 2006 [updated 2006 May 12; cited 2006 Oct 17]. Available from:

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Human Systems Management Peer Review Policy

Human Systems Management is a peer-reviewed journal. Articles submitted to the journal undergo a single blind peer review process. This means that the identity of the authors is known to the reviewers but the identity of the reviewers is not communicated to the authors.

All submitted manuscripts are subjected to initial appraisal by the Editor in Chief or the assigned Associated Editor and, if found suitable for further consideration, to rigorous peer review by independent, anonymous expert referees. Reasons to reject a paper in the pre-screening process could for example be because the work does not fall within the aims and scope, the writing is of poor quality, the instructions to authors were not followed or the presented work is not novel.

Papers deemed suitable to be reviewed will be assigned to a handling editor (who might be the Editor in Chief or an Associate Editor). The handling editor will then invite reviewers to comment on the work. As a standard policy, decisions are based on at least two reviews. The Editor in Chief strives to ensure a typical turnaround time of 3 months.

Reviewers are asked to judge a paper on at least:

  • Significance to Field
  • Relevance to Journal
  • Methodology
  • Data Analysis
  • Literature Review
  • Writing Style/Clarity

Based on the received reviews the handling editor will propose to the Editor in Chief a recommendation:

  1. Accept
  2. Minor revisions required
  3. Major revisions required
  4. Reject

They mean the following:

  1. The manuscript is suitable for publication and only requires minor polishing; thus, no further reviews are requested.
  2. The authors are required to make moderate changes to their manuscript. The manuscript becomes acceptable for publication if the changes proposed by the reviewers and editors are successfully addressed. The revised manuscript will be examined by the Editor in Chief and possibly sent back to all (or a selection of) reviewers for a second round of reviews. Authors are requested to provide a letter to the reviewers detailing the improvements made for the resubmission.
  3. The manuscript cannot be accepted for publication in its current form. However, a major revision which addresses all issues raised by the reviewers may be acceptable for publication. The revised manuscript will undergo a full second round of review. Authors are requested to provide a letter to the reviewers detailing the improvements made for the resubmission.
  4. The manuscript is rejected as it is deemed to be out of scope, not relevant, or not meeting the journal’s quality standards in terms of significance, novelty, and/or presentation.

Authors are notified by the Editor in Chief, whose decision is final.