Systemic Management: Sustainable Human Interactions with Ecosystems and the Biosphere

Systemic Management: Sustainable Human Interactions with Ecosystems and the Biosphere

by Charles W. Fowler
     
 

Systemic Management describes a holistic, objective, and universally applicable form of management, providing a framework for addressing environmental challenges such as global warming, emergent diseases, deforestation, overpopulation, the extinction crisis, pollution, over-fishing, and habitat destruction. Its goals are the consistently sustainable relationships

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Systemic Management describes a holistic, objective, and universally applicable form of management, providing a framework for addressing environmental challenges such as global warming, emergent diseases, deforestation, overpopulation, the extinction crisis, pollution, over-fishing, and habitat destruction. Its goals are the consistently sustainable relationships between humans and ecosystems, between humans and other species, and between humans and the biosphere. This book presents a convincing argument that these goals, and the means to achieve them, can be inferred from empirical information. It describes how comparisons between humans and other species reveal patterns that can serve to guide management toward true sustainability, i.e. ways that are empirically observed to work in natural systems. This objective approach has rarely been possible in conventional management because sustainability is invariably undermined by conflicting human values.

Systemic Management is presented as a specialized process of pattern-based decision-making that avoids the inconsistency, subjectivity and error in current management practice. It clearly demonstrates how mimicking nature's empirical examples of sustainability can circumvent anthropocentric tendencies to overuse/misuse human values in management, and illustrates the science best suited for achieving sustainability through examples of research that address specific management questions.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199540969
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
06/15/2009
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1. Systemic Management: What and Why
2. Variation Among Species: Observing Limits
3. Selective Extinction and Speciation
4. Why Conventional Management Does Not Work
5. Why Systemic Management Works
6. Humans: a Species Beyond the Limits
Epilogue
Bibliography
Subject Index

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