Posselt T, Sa´D R, Riemer M (2022)
Publication Language: English
Publication Type: Journal article, Original article
Publication year: 2022
Book Volume: 1
Pages Range: 32-60
Journal Issue: 1
Open Access Link: https://jccpe.utpjournals.press/doi/full/10.3138/jccpe-2022.1.1.0009
To meet the targets of the Paris Climate Agreement, municipalities must facilitate transformational change at a local level. From a city perspective, the climate crisis intersects with many other complex challenges; therefore, transformational change should be coordinated in a purposeful and holistic way for it to address multiple challenges effectively, and to improve the lives of all citizens. This necessitates a change in the mindsets of municipal leaders, along with a systemic way of approaching strategic management. This article leverages an interdisciplinary lens based on social systems theory, combining management, science, and psychology to derive conclusions for transformative action. The authors draw from their experience facilitating change within municipalities to illustrate key points. This article derives recommendations for policymakers and research recommendations based on the view of the city as a complex system. At an organizational level, cities need to develop strategies that represent the diversity of its citizens and integrates localized social, environmental, and economic goals. At an individual level, city leaders and staff need to develop three kinds of knowledge: system knowledge, transformation knowledge, and action-guiding visions. The diversity and complexity of challenges that must be overcome for cities to become sustainable, just, and resilient requires a shift in the mindsets of city leaders and other stakeholders as well as the transformation of strategic management practices. Currently, there is a lack of accessible and practical evidence-based solutions available to municipal leaders to support facilitating this change. The authors call for research and clear recommendations on how to work toward closing this gap.
Posselt, T., Sa´D, R., & Riemer, M. (2022). Breaking the Walls of Complex Systems Change in Cities - A Service Ecosystems and Psychological Perspective. Journal of City Climate Policy and Economy, 1(1), 32-60. https://dx.doi.org/10.3138/jccpe-2022.1.1.0009
Posselt, Tim, Randy Sa´D, and Manuel Riemer. "Breaking the Walls of Complex Systems Change in Cities - A Service Ecosystems and Psychological Perspective." Journal of City Climate Policy and Economy 1.1 (2022): 32-60.