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Cybernetics and Systems

Social and Business Decisions, 1st Edition

Edited by Sergio Barile, Raul Espejo, Igor Perko, Marialuisa Saviano


594 pages | 109 B/W Illus.

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Society is now facing challenges for which the traditional management toolbox is increasingly inadequate. Well-grounded theoretical frameworks, such as systems thinking and cybernetics, offer general level interpretation schemes and models that are capable of supporting understanding of complex phenomena and are not impacted by the passage of time.

This book serves the knowledge society to address the complexity of decision making and problem solving in the 21st century with contributions from systems and cybernetics.

A multi-disciplinary approach has been adopted to support diversity and to develop inter- and trans-disciplinary knowledge within the shared thematic of problem solving and decision making in the 21st century. Its conceptual thread is cyber/systemic thinking, and its realisation is supported by a wide network of scientists on the basis of a highly participative agenda.

The book provides a platform of knowledge sharing and conceptual frameworks developed with multi-disciplinary perspectives, which are useful to better understand the fast changing scenario and the complexity of problem solving in the present time.

Table of Contents

1: Foreword; 2: Preface; 3: Keynotes Contributions; 4: Human Aspects of Managing Systems; 5: Sustainability and the Anthropocene; 6: Smartness and Big Data; 7: Democracy, Transparency, and Social Dynamics; 8: Interactions Revolution; 9: Knowledge and Organisation; 10: Systems Thinking and System Dynamics; 11: Quantum Modelling; 12: Reflexivity, Second Order Science and Context; 13: Participant Universities; 14: Participant Associations; 15: Partners; 16: Sponsor; 17: Strategic Committee; 18: About the Editors; 19: About the Keynotes; 20: Contributor Index; 21: Subject Index

About the Editor

Sergio Barile is Full Professor of Business Management at Sapienza, University of Rome.

Raul Espejo is President of the World Organization of Systems and Cybernetics.

Igor Perko is Director-General of the World Organization of Systems and Cybernetics.

Marialuisa Saviano, PhD, is Associate Professor of Business Management at the University of Salerno, Italy.

About the Series

Routledge-Giappichelli Systems Management

Ever more widely, management is considered as a discipline crossing a wide range of contexts giving evidence of the relevant contribution of managerial sciences and of its multi-disciplinarity. The managerial approach fits the needs of a wide range of problematic contexts: from health to technology, but also complexity and sustainability, to provide a few examples. To address needs and opportunities linked to its transversality, however, management requires to be based on a well-grounded cross-sectional and multi-disciplinary body of knowledge.

The "Systems Management" series contributes to the advancement of knowledge in a context of growing complexity in which managers and policy makers are expected to be able to face both the challenges of profitable organizations and a more sustainable, equitable and inclusive world. The systems approach can offer an incomparable contribution to this aim providing a unitary and coherent body of knowledge rooted in systems thinking. Accordingly, the "Systems Management" series collects new research-level academic books such as monographs, textbooks and contributed volumes that represent the outcomes of original studies and impactful research conducted by scholars and researchers, as well as experts in various managerial areas by adopting a systems approach.

The "Systems Management" series welcomes contributions that are scientifically well-argued and rigorous, as well as equipped with practical examples and cases studies, in order to make knowledge accessible and useful for research, teaching and management purposes. A coherent combination of theoretical and conceptual perspectives, on the one hand, and practical examples and case studies as well as empirical research evidences, which covers a variety of topics that deal with complex management issues hard to face with the traditional toolbox, represent ideal contributions to the series.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Entrepreneurship
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Computer Industry
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Knowledge Capital
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Corporate Governance
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
SCIENCE / System Theory
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Technical & Manufacturing Industries & Trades