NOR: Truth table, true distinction

Feature: In his 1926 life-size poster “Der Mensch als Industriepalast” (Man as Industrial Palace), physician and infographics pioneer Fritz Kahn draws on the state of art, science, and technology of the second industrial revolution to depict core processes of the human organism as if it were a factory: tubes filled with chemicals, a metabolic division […]

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Release | East of nature. Accounting for the environments of social sciences

Abstract: At the core of ecological economics is the image of the economy as an open system embedded in the natural environment whose carrying capacity is limited. The present paper revisits this image by drawing upon Niklas Luhmann’s social systems theory. To Luhmann, the modern society consists of a multitude of social systems each bringing […]

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Release | Social goals in the theory of the firm: a systems theory view

Abstract: Drawing on Luhmannian social systems theory, this article revisits the single- versus multiple-objective debate on the theory of the firm. Firms are conceptualized as complexity-reducing systems structurally coupled with potentially risky environments, and profit-maximization is considered as a complexity reduction strategy for making sense of these environments. Whereas single-objective approaches reflect cases when environmental […]

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Reblog | COVID-19: WHO-Studie findet kaum Belege für die Wirksamkeit von Eindämmungsmaßnahmen

Social distancing. Reisebeschränkungen. Ausgangssperren. Im Zuge der COVID-19-Krise sind mehr als 50% der Weltbevölkerung von WHO-empfohlenen Maßnahmen betroffen, für deren Wirksamkeit es laut WHO-Bericht vom Oktober 2019 wenig bis keine wissenschaftlichen Belege gibt. Im „Krieg gegen das Virus“ spielen Maßnahmen eine Schlüsselrolle, die die Weltgesundheitsorganisation (WHO) als non-pharmaceutical internentions (NPI) bezeichnet. Weithin bekannte Beispiele hierfür […]

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Release | Weak evidence for strong pandemic interventions

Abstract: Social distancing. Travel bans. Confinement. The purpose of this viewpoint is to document that more than 50% of the world population are affected by WHO (World Health Organization) recommendations for the 2020 coronavirus crisis for whose effectiveness the WHO admits that the evidence quality is low or very low. This self-contradiction is confirmed by […]

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Release | Dissecting the empirical-normative divide in business ethics: The contribution of systems theory

Roth S., Valentinov V., and Clausen L. (2020), Dissecting the empirical-normative divide in business ethics: the contribution of systems theory, Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal, Vol. 11 No. 4, pp. 679-694 [SSCI 1.745, CNRS**, FNEGE**, CABS**, VHB**]. Abstract Purpose: This paper aims to probe the limits of the empirical-normative divide as a conceptual framework in business ethics. […]

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Release | Of wolves and dogs, and other false distinctions: A rejoinder to Wallis

Roth S. (2019), Of wolfs and dogs, and other false distinctions. A rejoinder to Wallis, Systems Research and Behavioral Science, Vol. 37 No. 1, pp. 182-183 [SSCI 1.052, Scopus, CABS**]. Rejoinder to Wallis S. (2019) Commentary on Roth: Adding a conceptual systems perspective, Systems Research and Behavioral Science, Vol. 37 No. 1, pp. 178-181. Comment on Roth […]

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