STIQE 2000


ISSN: 0368-492X

Article publication date: 1 March 2000



(2000), "STIQE 2000", Kybernetes, Vol. 29 No. 2.



Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2000, MCB UP Limited

STIQE 2000


For the 5th International Conference on Linking Systems Thinking, Innovation, Quality, Entrepreneurship and Environment


Maribor, Slovenia - 27-30 June 2000

The STIQE '00 Conference is the continuation of the discussion launched at four previous STIQE conferences in Maribor, Slovenia. They encouraged an interdisciplinary discussion about mutual links of theory and practice of systems thinking, quality, innovating, entrepreneurship and environmental care.

STIQE has developed to be a unique event. It seems to be the only one in the world coveting the mutual links rather than the viewpoints/disciplines named alone.

The conferences gathered (systems) thinkers with diverse professional and intellectual backgrounds. Their fruitful discussions and dialogues showed that systems thinking, quality, innovating, entrepreneurship and environmental care are closely attached and interactive.

The STIQE '00 Conference aims at addressing, some of the following questions:

  1. 1.

    Is the application of systems thinking and its findings able to make the accomplishment of innovation, quality, entrepreneurship and environmental care easier, regarding not only products, services and management, but also the environment and life, and how?

  2. 2.

    Can systems thinking learn from quality movement, innovation, entrepreneurship and environmental care, both in theory and practice, and what? And vice versa?

  3. 3.

    How much has the development of a creative co-operation to do with systems thinking, innovating, quality, entrepreneurship and environmental care in practice, not only of the outstanding few world-class companies, but on a more general level of the now-a-days societies?

  4. 4.

    Can systems thinking help to overcome the lack of understanding among entrepreneurship researchers?

  5. 5.

    Is complexity theory a new buzzword to replace systems thinking?

  6. 6.

    How systemic is the entrepreneurship research and how entrepreneurial is the systems movement? Is there any systems movement left, at all?

  7. 7.

    What can be done, for example, on the societal policy level in order to support and enhance systems thinking, (total) quality achievement (by - systemic - innovation management, entrepreneurship and environmental care)?

  8. 8.

    To what degree have the most advanced countries of the world evolved toward innovative entrepreneurial or total quality societies? What about the less advanced ones?

  9. 9.

    Can the synergy of systems thinking, innovation, quality, entrepreneurship and environmental care reinforce the chances for prosperity of the transitional countries of Central and Eastern Europe and ease their pains?

For details contact Professors M. Rebernik or M. Mulic University of Maribor, PO Box 142 (EPF), 2000, Maribor, Slovenia Tel: +386 622290254; E-mail: or

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