Positional Analysis for Sustainable Development Book

Positional Analysis for Sustainable Development

  • Author : Judy Brown
  • Publisher : Taylor & Francis
  • Release Date : 2017-05-18
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 180
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351798020

Positional Analysis for Sustainable Development Excerpt :

Climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution of land and water, land-use changes, lack of equality and other problems at local, national and global levels represent a challenge for economics as a social science. Mainstream neoclassical economics may be able to contribute to a more sustainable society but it has also played a dominant role in a period where problems have been aggravated. A pluralist and democratic view of economics is therefore very much warranted. This book presents a multidimensional and ideologically more open view of economics: understanding economics in multidimensional terms is in accordance with the 17 sustainable development goals recognized by nations at the UN-level in 2015. Accordingly, approaches to decision making and accounting at the national- and business levels have to be reconsidered. Neoclassical Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) with focus on the monetary dimension and an assumed consensus about a specific market ideology to be applied is not compatible with democratic societies where citizen and actors in other roles normally differ with respect to ideological orientation. Environmental Impact Statements and Multi-Criteria methods are used to some extent to broaden approaches to decision-making. In this book, Positional Analysis is advocated as a multidimensional and ideologically open approach. Positional Analysis is based on a political economic conceptual framework (as part of ecological economics) that differs from neoclassical ideas of individuals, firms and markets. And since approaches to decision-making and to accounting are closely connected, a new theoretical perspective in economics similarly raises issues of how national and business accounting can be opened up to meet present demands among various actors in society. This perspective raises also numerous ethical questions at the science and policy interface that need to be properly addressed for sustainability decision making.

Frugal Innovation and the New Product Development Process Book

Frugal Innovation and the New Product Development Process

  • Author : Stephanie B.M. Cadeddu
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2019-01-17
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 270
  • ISBN 10 : 9780429671180

Frugal Innovation and the New Product Development Process Excerpt :

This book explores the new product development process of firms developing frugal innovation for the base-of-the-pyramid (BOP) markets in developing countries. Frugal innovations are products characterised by an affordable price-point, durability, usability and core functionalities that are highly adapted to BOP consumers’ needs. Frugal products have the potential to drive the development progress and living standards of low-income consumers. With an innovation framework developed from worldwide frugal case studies, this book provides detailed insights through two in-depth start-up firms in Indonesia that have successfully launched frugal products for the low-income market. These two start-ups have addressed two major development challenges for not just Indonesia, but also the global BOP market – traditional methods of cooking and access to clean drinking water. A detailed roadmap is developed from insights into the processes and management decisions of these two start-ups and combined with previous studies on frugal products. Providing a detailed roadmap across the different phases and stages of the new product development process when developing frugal products, this book will be insightful to not only innovators but also investors and government agencies supporting their activities.

From Understanding to Action Book

From Understanding to Action

  • Author : Marco Keiner
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release Date : 2013-03-09
  • Genre: Technology & Engineering
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9781402029219

From Understanding to Action Excerpt :

Hans van Ginkel Rector, United Nations University The challenges of the world's future are linked to the growing share of the global population that will reside in urban areas. UN projections indicate that by 2030 the world's urban population share will rise to 60 percent. Of the two billion added to the global population, 99 percent will be added to the urban areas of the world. Of this number, 95 percent will be in countries of the developing world. As most people will live in urban areas we had better work to build and organize them as both attractive and less resource consuming places. That is, to promote sustainable urban development is to promote the creation of dense human settlements that are livable and have reduced their impacts on larger scale ecosystems. While much attention has been focused on the "mega-cities," those with a population of over 10 million, the amount of people living in these places will remain almost constant while the smaller and medium size cities will be the great absorbers of the world's urban population. Indeed, it is predicted that while the absolute number of people that will live in urban centers of 10 million or more will increase from approximately 263 to 375 million between 2000 and 20 IS, their share of the total urban population will only increase from 9. 2 percent to 9. 8 percent, a 6. 34 percent increase.



  • Author : Prof. Allam Ahmed
  • Publisher : World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD)
  • Release Date : 2019-06-17
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 194
  • ISBN 10 : 9781907106507


The theme of the Outlook 2019 is to strengthening the role of science, innovation and research uptake in service of the 2030 Agenda for SD. The volume will therefore critically examine the important role of science, innovation and research for the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda and to provoke forward thinking on the role of science, innovation and research in solving global problems related to sustainability.

Power in Contemporary Zimbabwe Book

Power in Contemporary Zimbabwe

  • Author : Erasmus Masitera
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2018-04-20
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 184
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351066488

Power in Contemporary Zimbabwe Excerpt :

In recent years, the Zimbabwe crisis rendered the country and its citizens to be a typical case of ‘failed states’, the world over. Zimbabwean society was and is still confronted with different challenges which include political, economic and social problems. Attempts to overcome these challenges have thrown light on the power that rests within individuals and or groups to change and even revolutionize their localities, communities, states and ultimately the world at large. Through experience, individuals and groups have promoted ideas that have aided in changing mentalities, attitudes and behaviors in societies at different levels. This book brings together contributors from various academic disciplines to reflect on and theorize the contours of power, including the intrinsic and or extrinsic models of power, which pertain to individuals, communities, and or groups in order to transform society. Reflections are on various groups such as political movements, environmental movements, religious groups, advocacy groups, gender groups, to mention but a few, as they struggle against marginalization, discrimination, exploitation, and other forms of oppression showing their agency or compliance.

Organizational Transformation for Sustainability Book

Organizational Transformation for Sustainability

  • Author : Mark Edwards
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2010-02-11
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781135271688

Organizational Transformation for Sustainability Excerpt :

During the 21st century organizations will undergo a level of radical and global change that has rarely been seen before. This transformation will come as a result of the environmental, social and economic challenges that now confront organisations in all their activities. But are our understandings and theories of change up to the task of meeting these challenges? Will we be able to develop sustaining visions of how organizations might contribute to the long-term viability of our interdependent global communities? Organizational Transformation for Sustainability: An Integral Metatheory offers some innovative answers to the big questions involved in organizational sustainability and the radical changes that organizations will need to undergo as we move into the third millennium. This new approach comes from the emerging field of integral metatheory. Edwards shows how a "Big Picture" view of organisational transformation can contribute to our understanding of, and search for, organisational sustainability. There are four key themes to the book: i) the need for integrative metatheories for organisational change; ii) the development of a general research method for building metatheory; iii) the description of an integral metatheory for organisational sustainability; and iv) the discussion of the implications of this metatheory for organisational change and social policy regarding sustainability. This book brings a unique and important orienting perspective to these issues.

Buen Vivir as an Alternative to Sustainable Development Book

Buen Vivir as an Alternative to Sustainable Development

  • Author : Natasha Chassagne
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2020-11-23
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9781000257939

Buen Vivir as an Alternative to Sustainable Development Excerpt :

Until recently, the concept of Buen Vivir has only been loosely articulated by practising communities and in progressive policy in countries like Ecuador. What it actually means has been unclear, and in the case of policy, contradictory. As such there has been a lack of understanding about exactly what Buen Vivir entails, its core principles and how to put it into practice. This book, based on extensive theoretical and field research of Buen Vivir as an alternative to sustainable development, fills that gap and offers a concrete way forward. It uses an ethnographic study in the Cotacachi County of Ecuador's highlands communities to explore how communities understand and practice Buen Vivir. Combining this with what we already know about the concept theoretically, the book then develops a framework for Buen Vivir with 17 principles for practice. Exploring Buen Vivir’s evolution from its indigenous origins, academic interpretations and implications for development policy; to its role in endogenous, community-led change, this book will be of interest to policymakers, and development professionals. It will also be of great value to activists, students and scholars of sustainability and development seeking grassroots social and environmental change.

Power  Procedure  Participation and Legitimacy in Global Sustainability Norms Book

Power Procedure Participation and Legitimacy in Global Sustainability Norms

  • Author : Karin Buhmann
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2017-08-02
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 200
  • ISBN 10 : 9781315525433

Power Procedure Participation and Legitimacy in Global Sustainability Norms Excerpt :

Globalisation of the market, law and politics contributes to a diversity of transnational sustainability problems whose solutions exceed the territorial jurisdictional limits of nation states in which their effects are generated or occur. The rise of the business sector as a powerful global actor with a claim to participation and potential contributions as well as adverse impacts sustainability complicates the regulatory challenge. Recent decades’ efforts to govern transitions towards sustainability through public or hybrid regulation display mixed records of support and results. In combination, these issues highlight the need for insights on what conditions multi-stakeholder regulation for a process that balances stakeholder power and delivers results perceived as legitimate by participants and broader society. This book responds to that need. Based on empirical experience on public-private regulation of global sustainability concerns and theoretical perspectives on transnational regulation, the book proposes a new theory on collaborative regulation. This theory sets out a procedural approach for multi-stakeholder regulation of global sustainability issues in a global legal and political order to provide for legitimacy of process and results. It takes account of the claims to participation of the private sector as well as civil society organisations and the need to balance power disparities.

Transformation Design Book

Transformation Design

  • Author : Wolfgang Jonas
  • Publisher : Birkhäuser
  • Release Date : 2015-11-27
  • Genre: Design
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9783035606539

Transformation Design Excerpt :

“Transformation design” is looking for new ways to change our behavior and society through new forms of innovation. The existing user-oriented approach of design must therefore be extended to one that is society-oriented. The concept of transformation is based on the anthropologist Karl Paul Polanyi and his book The Great Transformation (1944), which described the emergence of the now almost undisputed and globally widespread western market logic: the transformation of societies with markets into market societies, which he calls “dislodgment of the markets”. Meanwhile, leading think tanks are referring to Polanyi. They are calling for a new social contract and the “re-embedding” of the market into society. What are the possible instruments and contributions of design for this new “Great Transformation”? The variety of the above questions, answers, theories, methods, ideas, and projects suggests that “transformation design” is not in fact a discipline in itself, but that it will lead to a fruitful discourse. The book attempts to form an initial position in terms of this ambitious and ethical design perspective. It also seeks to inspire the international debate to push for a project of responsible design.

ECDG 2018 18th European Conference on Digital Government Book

ECDG 2018 18th European Conference on Digital Government

  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : Academic Conferences and publishing limited
  • Release Date : 2018-10-25
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 9781912764044

ECDG 2018 18th European Conference on Digital Government Excerpt :

The European Conference on e-Government has been running now for 18 years. This event has been held in Italy, Ireland, Belgium, UK, Slovenia, to mention a few of the countries who have hosted it. This year we are refocusing the conference to look more broadly at the area of Digital Government. The conference is generally attended by participants from more than 40 countries and attracts an interesting combination of academic scholars, public sector workers and individuals who are engaged in various aspects of Digital Government research and application.