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 "Postprint | East of nature. Accounting for the environments of social sciences"
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 "Postprint | Social goals in the theory of the firm: a systems theory view"
Kleve H., Roth S., Köllner T., and Wetzel R. (in press), The tetralemma of the business family. A systemic approach to business-family dilemmas in research and practice, Journal of Organizational Change Management, Vol. 33 No. 2, pp. 433-446 [SSCI 1.185, Scopus, CNRS**, FNEGE**, CABS**]. The ahead-of-print version of this article is available for download here. […]Read more "Release | The tetralemma of the business family"
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. […]Read more "Release | Dissecting the empirical-normative divide in business ethics: The contribution of systems theory"
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 […]Read more "Release | Of wolves and dogs, and other false distinctions: A rejoinder to Wallis"
Digital transformation of social theory | Virtual Special Issue of Technological Forecasting and Social Change [SSCI 3.815, Scopus, CNRS***, CABS***, VHB***]. Introduction Steffen Roth, Harry F. Dahms, Frank Welz, and Sandro Cattacin: Print theories of computer societies. Introduction to the digital transformation of social theory Abstract: ICT and the increasing availability of digital data are […]Read more "Release | Special Issue | Digital transformation of social theory"
We think of modern societies as areligious and oriented more towards money and power. But what makes us sure that this idea is true? How can we know that secularisation, the dominance of politcs, and the primacy of money really are in the DNA of our societies? In an earlier article published in Technological Forecasting […]Read more "Reblog | We have never been capitalist. Big data insights into social macro trends (1800–2000)"