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JCHMSD special issue on Planning & Heritage

Special issue call for papers from Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development

Submit a paper to Planning & Heritage special issue

Call for papers

Journal of

Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development

Special issue on

Planning and heritage

Background and expectations

The issue of planning has become increasingly important in the heritage field as professional entities and international agencies foster the adoption of Master Plans across the globe. Despite the increasing reference to plans and planning, it is hard to find a clear presentation of the state-of-the-art in this set of similar (yet not the same) tools and approaches in the multidisciplinary context of heritage and the various professions involved – urban planning, regional planning, conservation, archaeology, museology, business and organizational theory. Despite some similarities to that of management, the discourse of planning has a parallel and to some extent independent genealogy, probably linked to its adaptation to different objects and topics (the urban fabric, regional issues, archaeological discourse, internal organizational aspects) and their complex natures.

Scholarly literatures are also divided, and rarely acknowledge reciprocal influences or share epistemological and operational issues. For instance, although tools developed in the ``golden age'' of strategic planning in the 1960s – such as the SWOT analysis – are still in use, a more sceptical approach to research on organizational decision making emerged, along with the increasing relevance of the notion of bounded rationality. From the 1970s a huge debate on the meaning and usefulness of planning has been carried out in the management field, even with respect to profit-seeking entities. What is curious to notice is that in the heritage field there has been no such critical discussion on ``the rise and fall of strategic planning''.

Understanding how plans are developed and implemented in specific important cases would help to develop further consensus on the whole topic. The special issue of the JCHMSD wishes to put together experts and experiences from a variety of contexts: (a) a variety of disciplinary viewpoints: management scholars, archaeologists, city planners, policy makers, geographers, etc.; (b) a variety of experiences and objects of plans: heritage sites, museums, historical cities, cultural projects; and (c) a variety of countries, to avoid ethnocentrism.

A threefold question is addressed for potential submissions:

1 To reconstruct a short but incisive literature review of the planning approach in their specific discipline, aiming to reconstruct commonalities, the genealogy of knowledge, and similar issues.

2 To focus on a specific case study, highlighting issues and results (not necessarily focusing only on ``best'' practices).

3 To bridge to other disciplines involved in the field/case study.

Submission requirements and related information

The closing date for submission is 20 October 2012

Expected date of publication: 2013, second semester

Full papers should be submitted following the guidelines provided by the journal: author_guidelines.htm?id=jchmsd

Submitted articles must not have been previously published, nor should they be submitted for consideration for publication elsewhere while under review for this journal.

Any queries or expressions of interest may be e-mailed to the
Guest Editors:

Prof. Luca Zan
Department of Management, University of Bologna
E-mail: [email protected]

Maria Lusiani PhD
Department of Management, University of Bologna
E-mail: [email protected]