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Economic Growth and Sustainability: Systems Thinking for a Complex World

Economic Growth and Sustainability: Systems Thinking for a Complex World

by Karen L. Higgins


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780128022047
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Publication date: 12/01/2014
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Dr. Karen Higgins has a B.S. in Mathematics, M.S. in Electrical Engineering, and an MBA and PhD in Executive Management. She has extensive experience in executive leadership and in leading research and engineering teams. Throughout her 32-year career with the Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division at China Lake and Pt. Mugu, California she held technical, functional, project and executive management positions for efforts that integrate state-of-the-art and commonly-used weapons systems onto some of the newest jet fighter aircraft. As a member of the Senior Executive Service, she was one of the most senior civilians within the U.S. Department of Defense. In her Executive Director and Director for Research and Engineering roles, she had responsibility for a $1B budget and over 5,000 employees. She has received the highest civilian awards for her services to the Navy and the Department of Defense.

As President of ÉLAN Leadership Concepts, Dr. Higgins serves as a leadership consultant for government and industry. She is an adjunct professor at Claremont Graduate University, where she teaches Project Management, Systems Thinking, and Morality & Leadership. She enjoys her grandchildren, practices yoga, does research, and writes. Her recent book, Financial Whirlpools (2013), analyzes the financial crisis of 2008-2009 using a systems perspective. Her second book, Economic Growth and Sustainability (in print, 2014), investigates the relationship among Economy, Environment and Society also using a systems perspective.

On a personal note, she enjoys ballroom dancing and "loves, loves, loves" the LA Clippers!

Affiliations: Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA, USA (Adjunct Professor) ÉLAN Leadership Concepts, Ridgecrest, CA, USA (President) Effective Edge, Austin TX, USA (Performance Catalyst)

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Expertise Executive leadership, project management, systems thinking, sustainability, ethics, interpersonal communication, culture shaping

Table of Contents

1: The Secret’s in the Overlap - Sustainability as an Integrated System 2: Living in a Bubble - A Mental Model of How the World Works 3: The Ant Who Lives Forever - A Systems Interpretation of Our Mental Model 4: Addicted to Growth - Economic Growth Promises Happiness and Well-Being 5: Two Faces of Happiness - Instant Gratification vs. Sustainable Well-Being 6: The Bubble Bursts - Population and Pollution Become Our Concern 7: Applying the Brakes - Factors That Limit Growth 8: The ‘I’s Have It - A Systems View of Sustainability 9: Creating Balance - Effective Interventions 10: Pieces of the Puzzle Level I - Paradigm Shifts 11: Pieces of the Puzzle Level II - Structural Changes 12: Pieces of the Puzzle Level III - Transition to the Future 13: From Bud to Blossom - Nurturing Sustainable Stewardship 14: The Global Commons and the Uncommon Globe - System Insights and Conclusions

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