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Emergence fostered by systemic analysis - Seeding innovation for sustainable development
Centre for Mechanical and Aerospace Science and Technologies, Department ofElectromechanical Engineering, Universidadeda Beira interior, Covilhã, Portugal.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3776-7171
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Supply Chain and Operations Management.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9759-9133
2021 (English)In: Sustainable Development, ISSN 2160-7540, E-ISSN 2160-7559, Vol. 29, no 4, p. 768-779Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Sustainable Development
Abstract [en]

The sustainability crisis entails high levels of complexity, not approachable from linear or reductionist stances. Unveiled from a holistic stance as a multilevel phenomenon characterized by qualitative novelty, emergence pertains to complex self-organizing systems. Emergent properties and behaviors arise only when system parts interact in a wider whole. This article positions emergence for enhancing solution processes to meet sustainability challenges. It proposes the systemic approach as a catalyst for emergence of wise creative solutions tackling wicked unsustainability problems. This requires observation and entails analyzing open systems altogether and recognizing the impact of navigating across macro- and micro- scales on causal and creative emergence. Sustainable development requires circumventing past conventional practices, in an accelerated way. The emergence phenomenon at work between systems levels, coupled with purposefully structured creative processes, holds the potential for catalyzing sustainable development efforts. Systemic analysis at varying scales is to foster creative emergence aligned with sustainability-oriented innovation.

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John Wiley & Sons, 2021. Vol. 29, no 4, p. 768-779
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complex systems; systemic approach; creative emergence; downward causation; scale; synergy
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Environmental Analysis and Construction Information Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-51778DOI: 10.1002/SD.2173ISI: 000615773500001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85100565317Local ID: HOA;intsam;1524841OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-51778DiVA, id: diva2:1524841
Available from: 2021-02-02 Created: 2021-02-02 Last updated: 2021-08-02Bibliographically approved

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