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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

Read more "Release | Weak evidence for strong pandemic interventions"

Release | Heal the world. A solution-focused systems therapy approach to environmental problems

Roth S. (2019), Heal the world. A solution-focused systems therapy approach to environmental problems, Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol. 216 No. April, pp. 504-510 [SSCI 6.395, Scopus, FNEGE**, CABS**, VHB***]. Article available for download here. Abstract: In observing a capitalist lifestyle of addiction to relentless growth responsible for an imminent self-extinction of the human race, environmentalism […]

Read more "Release | Heal the world. A solution-focused systems therapy approach to environmental problems"