Category Archives: change management

Finance and Food – W16.5

In a recent article in the Journal of Peasant Studies (2014, vol. 41, no. 5, 797-814), Jennifer Clapp examines the political implications of the increased financialization of the global food system. She uses the concept of distancing to describe the … Continue reading

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Waste Frontiers – W16.4

World-systems theory views the globe like a complex living organism, in which there is a constant flow of various elements between the core of developed nations and the periphery of less developed ones. While the world-system is largely open, allowing … Continue reading

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Destroyed by Finance – W16.3

In his book by the same name, John Urry (2014) describes offshoring¬†as involving movement, relocation, and concealment; the intentional stepping outside of traditional borders – geographical and otherwise. Thus, it is rational to suggest that the global economy has been … Continue reading

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Libertarian Paternalism – W16.2

The notion of libertarian paternalism entered broader public consciousness with the publication of the book Nudge by Thaler and Sunstein (Yale UP, 2008). Grounding their ideas in the emerging field of behavioral economics, the authors described a mechanism for the … Continue reading

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Organizational Learning – W16.1

Following the logic of Kurt Lewin’s model of change, before people in an organization can learn a new way of doing things, they must unlearn the way they have done things in the past. As I discuss elsewhere (Unlearning), unlearning … Continue reading

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Warming cities – W15.5

More than half of the world’s people live in urban areas, and this number continues to grow. Some scholars think that, by 2100, almost all people will live in cities because the benefits from efficiency and productivity outweigh the costs … Continue reading

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Value and Growth – W15.4

A century ago, Joseph Schumpeter posited the idea of creative destruction to describe the way in which economies grow. He suggested that creative entrepreneurs find new ways to make use of resources (human and material) to increase the value of … Continue reading

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