Int. J. of Technology Management   »   1986 Vol.1, No.1/2

 

 

Title: The whole system is broke and in desperate need of fixing: Notes on the Second Industrial Revolution

 

Author: Ian I. Mitroff, Susan Mohrman

 

Addresses:
Harold Quinton Distinguished Professor of Business Policy Research Scientist, Center for Effective Organizations Graduate School of Business, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California 90089, USA.
Harold Quinton Distinguished Professor of Business Policy Research Scientist, Center for Effective Organizations Graduate School of Business, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California 90089, USA

 

Abstract: Today there is virtually no problem, from technological to economic, whose various aspects can be considered in isolation one from another. The world in which we live is a complex highly-interconnected system, yet most people are still trying to solve problems with the mentality and tools appropriate only for a simpler, mechanistic, view of the world. The result is occasional catastrophic failure. The authors describe the challenge to managers of adapting a holistic or systems view.

 

Keywords: holistic view; systems approach; systems failures; second industrial revolution; Ohio Savings and Loans; Bhopal; chemical explosions; Union Carbide; globalisation; internationalisation; catastrophic failure; interconnectedness; unexpected events.

 

DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.1986.026098

 

Int. J. of Technology Management, 1986 Vol.1, No.1/2, pp.65 - 75

 

Available online: 27 May 2009

 

 

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