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Foreword MLSD'2014

The articles on «Management of Large-scale System Development (MLSD'2014)» were collected from
the Materials of the XII All-Russian Conference on the Problems of Management held on June 16-19, 2014
at the Institute of Control Sciences of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow, Russia) by selecting the
papers on management of development of large-scale systems.

The papers devoted to this subject matter throw light upon the research along the following lines:

• Problems of management of the development of large-scale systems including trans-national
corporations, national holdings and corporations.
• Methods and instrumental facilities for management of the investment projects and programs.
• Simulation and optimization of the management of large-scale system development.
• Management of the fuel-energy, economic and other systems.
• Management of transportation systems.
• Management of development of large-scale technical complexes and systems in the branches of
national economy.
• Management of the regional and municipal systems.
• Management of the nuclear power and other hazardous plants.
• Informational and program support of the systems of management of large-scale works.
• Monitoring in the problems of management of large-scale systems.

The large-scale systems are classified with complex (large) systems characterized by combined (inter-industrial,
inter-regional) interaction of the elements distributed over a vast territory and requiring essential input of
resources and time to their development.
Typical examples of the large-scale systems are represented by the fuel-energy complex and its individual
branches, transportation, agrarian-industrial, territorial-industrial, regional, and industrial systems, holdings,
concerns, financial-industrial groups, distributed systems for information transmission and handling, and other

Main distinctions of the large-scale systems:
• Substantial consumption of resources and time for system development, forward investing may
run into several years.
• Fuzzy boundaries because in the course of development the composition of the system
elements and their interactions with the environment vary essentially and the territory spanned
by the system can extend from the regional to the global scale.
• Close relationship with other large-scale systems and the environment.
• Complex nature of management requiring, in particular, coordination of the industrial,
corporate, and regional interests.
• Robustness and stability, smaller deviations in the development parameters and interactions of
the individual elements produce little impact on the development of the system as a whole.
• Other characteristics of the complex (large) systems.

The subject area of papers covers various lines of theoretical research and applications of the management of
developnent of the large-scale systems, methods, and instrumental facilities of the management of investment
projects and programs.
Methods for investigation of such systems must take into account the complex nature of management, complex
structure and interrelations with other systems and the environment and rely on the procedure for design of the
complexes of interrelated models and the optimization-simulation approach.
The annual collected papers enable one to unite the efforts of researchers in the area of management of largescale
systems, help to familiarize oneself with the results obtained by the research and development, and plan future

Chairman of the Program Committee, Academician S.N.Vasil'ev
Deputed Chairman of the Program Committee, Dr. A.D.Tsvirkun

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