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Sustainability Calling

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This book discusses the key concepts of the technologies that underpin the drive towards sustainability in today’s complex world.  The authors propose an integrated view of the frontiers facing any organization nowadays – whether an enterprise, an administration or any human collective construction – that operates with a goal, a mission or an objective.

While a unified approach still seems unachievable, the authors have nevertheless tackled the amalgamation of the underpinning elements (theories, domains of expertise and practice) and propose a model for assimilating the new concepts with a global view to design the sustainable organizations of the future. The book paves a way towards a general convergence theory, which will manifest, as a by-product, genuine sustainability.   Furthermore, and due to the fact that the same main principles apply, the book redesigns the notion of “competitiveness”, which today is too often simply reduced to profitability.

 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Series
  3. Title
  4. Copyright
  5. List of Acronyms
  6. Preface
    1. Welcome to the land of overwhelming sustainability!
    2. How can we address the concept of sustainability?
    3. About the authors
    4. Acknowledgments
  7. Introduction: Why “Transformation” Is the One Keyword
    1. I.1. Where have we got by now?
    2. I.2. What evolution forward?
    3. I.3. Tackling transformation is the job
    4. I.4. A summary of the book
    5. I.5. What the present situation tells and the issues encountered
    6. I.6. A main concept: toward new ways of thinking
    7. I.7. Integrating the above theories into their context
    8. I.8. Application on an example relevant to entropy and network theory
    9. I.9. A basket of relevant keywords
  8. PART 1: Models That Can Aspire to be Better Suited to Future Needs
    1. 1: Disassembling Some Traditional Views
      1. 1.1. Time and space: past, present and future
      2. 1.2. The (big) law of correspondence
      3. 1.3. Intricate imbrications and their uncertainties
      4. 1.4. Many levels: subatomic, micro, meso, macro, chrono, etc.
    2. 2: Is Globalization, or Holism, Really a New Phenomenon?
      1. 2.1. Some characteristics of the present globalization
      2. 2.2. A brief history of a very old concept: globalization
      3. 2.3. The nature of today’s globalization
      4. 2.4. Some features of today’s globalization
      5. 2.5. Impacts of a disruption: “catastrophe” in a global context
      6. 2.6. Management in economy: risks and disturbances are also global
      7. 2.7. Extending and transposing these concepts to enterprises
      8. 2.8. Consequences: collective consciousness and behavior
      9. 2.9. A common idea of “catastrophism” and the need for ecology
      10. 2.10. Should we try to predict that the worst is yet to come?
      11. 2.11. What we can conclude at this stage
    3. 3: Underlying Disturbing Processes: Asymmetries, Coriolis and Chirality
      1. 3.1. By way of introduction
      2. 3.2. New ways of thinking
      3. 3.3. Information asymmetry
      4. 3.4. Information asymmetry in a call center business
      5. 3.5. General Information on asymmetry: antiglobalization corporations
      6. 3.6. Asymmetry in communication and decision systems
      7. 3.7. Decision-making in an asymmetric world
      8. 3.8. Chirality and symmetry and their impact on structures
      9. 3.9. The Coriolis effect
      10. 3.10. Characteristics of evolution: symmetric pattern growth
      11. 3.11. Conclusions on underlying disturbing processes
      12. 3.12. Appendix
    4. 4: Time and Space Revisited in the Context of Complex Systems
      1. 4.1. Time and space revisited in dwindling dance
      2. 4.2. The concept of time within complex systems
      3. 4.3. The perception of space
      4. 4.4. Impacts related to the perception in space and time
      5. 4.5. On the reversibility of time
      6. 4.6. Consequences for the complex systems surrounding us
      7. 4.7. Conclusions
    5. 5: The Entropy of Systems
      1. 5.1. System entropy: general considerations
      2. 5.2. The issue and context of entropy within the framework of this book
      3. 5.3. Entropy: definitions and main principles – from physics to Shannon
      4. 5.4. Some application fields with consequences
      5. 5.5. Generalization of the entropy concept: link with sustainability
      6. 5.6. Proposal for a new information theory approach
      7. 5.7. Main conclusions
  9. PART 2: On Competitiveness: Nature as an Obvious Approach in Sustainability
    1. Introduction to Part 2
    2. 6: A Continuous Survival of Species? Crisis and Consciousness Productions
      1. 6.1. Introduction and general considerations: what’s new behind life?
      2. 6.2. Life survival: introduction and model transposition
      3. 6.3. Discussing the situation in between the three areas
      4. 6.4. Discussing the situation inside each of the three areas
      5. 6.5. Evolution of life: impact on management decision systems
      6. 6.6. Opening new thinking ways
      7. 6.7. Consciousness as an iterative feedback process growing from one level to another
      8. 6.8. Life and equilibriums in ecosystems
      9. 6.9 Conclusions
      10. 6.10. Consequences and action plan
    3. 7: Aging and Survival: Application to Human Beings, Eusociality and an Inclusive Society
      1. 7.1. A general consideration: what is new behind life?
      2. 7.2. A little bit more about aging, survival and eusociality
      3. 7.3. Does aging equal disability?
      4. 7.4. Aging and intelligence: variance and time dependency
      5. 7.5. Back to eusociality
      6. 7.6. As a first conclusion
      7. 7.7. Case study: aging, motivation and involvement in collaborative work
    4. 8: Evolution of Life Principles: Application to a Corporate Population
      1. 8.1. Introduction: corporate aging and dying
      2. 8.2. The human resources situation of small-and medium-sized enterprises
      3. 8.3. The human resources situation in senior enterprises
      4. 8.4. Global evolution: the product lifecycle of an enterprise
      5. 8.5. Product lifecycle management
      6. 8.6. Example of corporate life and death: the saturation stage
      7. 8.7. Product lifecycle of new technologies
      8. 8.8. How to model the evolution of an organism (enterprise)
      9. 8.9. How to measure and control aging in the enterprises
    5. Conclusion to Part 2: An Integrative View at Immortality
      1. C.1. Immortality of a living organism
      2. C.2. Three main questions
  10. PART 3: Golden Secrets and Mechanisms
    1. 9: Technology Totalitarianism in Society, Change Management and Governance Concerns
      1. 9.1. Introduction
      2. 9.2. Consequences associated with Web usage
      3. 9.3. Public–private governance: a privacy process issue
      4. 9.4. The principle of impermanence: Snapchat and Confide
      5. 9.5. Extension of the applications
      6. 9.6. Pervasive network interconnections
      7. 9.7. Enterprises: Web evolution and sustainability
      8. 9.8. Additional comments about the control of instabilities
      9. 9.9. Sustainable networks
    2. 10: Principles and Practical Mechanisms of Self-Organization: in a Worldwide Cooperative Context
      1. 10.1. Introduction: complexity in nature
      2. 10.2. Complexification: main principles of the “fabricational” evolution
      3. 10.3. Self-organization: the basic principles to understand system complexity
      4. 10.4. Application to the real world
      5. 10.5. Conclusions
    3. 11: Complex Systems Appraisal: Sustainability and Entropy in a Worldwide Cooperative Context
      1. 11.1. Introduction
      2. 11.2. The context
      3. 11.3. Information systems: some application fields and the consequences
      4. 11.4. Evolution of entropy in complex systems
      5. 11.5. Underlying sustainability principles in information and decision
      6. 11.6. Business intelligence systems and entropy
      7. 11.7. The holonic enterprise paradigm
      8. 11.8. Self-organization and entropy
      9. 11.9. Analysis of new trends in sustainable production systems
      10. 11.10. Artificial life and collective thinking science
      11. 11.11. Conclusions
    4. 12: Telepathy and Telesympathy
      1. 12.1. About the brain
      2. 12.2. The law of accelerating returns
      3. 12.3. Telepathy: an ultimate process?
      4. 12.4. Telesympathy: a less ambitious prerequisite
      5. 12.5. Conclusions
  11. Bibliography
    1. Sites used for reference
  12. Index
  13. End User License Agreement