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The Dynamics of Circular Migration in Southern Europe: An Example of Social Innovation

Friday, December 31st, 2010

This case of study about the management of seasonal labor migration in Southern Europe was prepared by Rafael Marañón-Abreu, Estrella Gualda Caballero and Ricardo Valerdi. The paper was submitted for the journal Technological Forecasting and Social Change in the special issue: Economic hard times: Impact on innovation and innovation potential. A draft of the paper can be downloaded from the MIT ESD Working Paper Series Download ESD-WP-2011-01 (.pdf)Discuss ESD-WP-2011-01

During economic crises, governments establish policies that facilitate the creation of jobs, goods and services that make theireconomies more resilient. Often, this requires innovative social programs that match global migratory trends to local labor demand. The implementation of such programs requires a significant degree of innovation that requires models that can capture the complexity involved.

Basic model structure and feedback processes of the management of seasonal labor migration in Southern Europe

To explore this phenomenon, we provide a multi-disciplinary view of innovative social programs that shed light on the dynamic characteristics of the political, social, technological and economic aspects of circular migration. Our focus is a case study of the European Union-funded circular migration program to support the strawberry harvest in the province of Huelva in Spain. Covering the time period of 1999-2011, this paper provides a system dynamics model to represent the key elements that led to the success of circular migration from the standpoint of economic and social change. The model helps explain the key factors that make the program robust under recent economic crisis conditions.

Based on a qualitative analytical approach, the model demonstrates how adaptive policies can enable macroeconomic equilibrium in environments where circular migration can be implemented. We also show that circular migration is not an impediment to economic recovery, in fact, it helps stabilize the labor supply in times of high uncertainty.

Keywords: circular migration, social innovation, system dynamics, Southern Europe.

Download ESD-WP-2011-01 (.pdf)

MIT SDM Renewable Energy Night

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

SDM will be hosting Renewable Energy night on Tuesday October 5th.  Neil Snyder the Executive Director of Systems Engineering and Program Integration at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will be talking about Renewable Energy.

System Design and Management Renewable Energy Night

System Design and Management Renewable Energy Night

Neil Snyder has been a practicing systems engineer and project manager for over 25 years. He has worked in the aerospace, defense, environmental, and energy industries, and has worked for a variety of companies including Lockheed Martin, Bechtel, CSC, SAIC, and Midwest Research Institute/Battelle; he is also a retired Air Force Reserve officer. He holds an MS degree in Civil Engineering and an MBA in Project Management, and is a registered Professional Engineer and a certified Project Management Professional. As executive director of Systems Engineering and Program Integration at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, CO, he is leading efforts to address the very large scale issues relating to renewable energy development and integration.

The event will be taking place at 5:30pm-7pm in room E51-345.

After the event we will be holding an informal meeting for anyone that is interested in assisting with the creation of the INCOSE International Council on Systems Engineering MIT Division.

The event is open to the broader MIT community

United States Energy Flow (Petajoules, 2007)9

United States Energy Flow (Petajoules, 2007)


Thursday, September 9th, 2010

ESD.763 Operations & Supply Chain Management taught by Víctor Martínez de Albéniz, associate professor in IESE‘s Department of Production, Technology and Operations Management, was an interesting class this summer semester.

Zara has become one of the most popular places to buy with over a 1,000 outlets all over the world and the owner of Zara, Amancio Ortega, is certainly on the list of the richest people in Spain.

After spring semester where we had to prepare business cases mainly about US organizations, it was great that Víctor included on his course several spanish company cases. Famosa and Zara were the two big major example that Martinez de Albeniz used to illustrate us the importance of Lean manufacturing and distribution strategies worlwide.

I enjoyed also preparing a case about Aldi´s German food retail (a following up case that I recommend is How Mercadona Fixes Retail’s ‘Last 10 Yards’ Problem)