Next Article in Journal
Energy R&D towards Sustainability: A Panel Analysis of Government Budget for Energy R&D in OECD Countries (1974–2012)
Previous Article in Journal
Household Livelihood Strategies and Implication for Poverty Reduction in Rural Areas of Central Nepal
Article Menu
Issue 4 (April) cover image

Export Article

Open AccessArticle
Sustainability 2017, 9(4), 616; doi:10.3390/su9040616

A System-of-Systems Framework for Improved Human, Ecologic and Economic Well-Being

1
Worldtek Inc., Cincinnati, OH 45249, USA
2
Mechanical Engineering Program, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221, USA
3
Environmental Engineering & Science Program, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221, USA
4
Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32816-2993, USA
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Yu-Pin Lin
Received: 12 February 2017 / Revised: 4 April 2017 / Accepted: 12 April 2017 / Published: 15 April 2017
View Full-Text   |   Download PDF [971 KB, uploaded 18 April 2017]   |  

Abstract

“Advances in technology and management not keeping pace with the ever-increasing urban problems” is attributed in this research to the poor understanding of person-focused governance of societal, environmental and economic entities. The objective of this paper is to present an adaptive institutional model of person-driven effectiveness and ineffectiveness. The model proposes that human, ecologic and economic outcomes are heavily influenced by a complex system of systems, spanning from individually unique “non-physical influencers” to a broader set of social and environmental influencers that have a common impact on the larger society-environment-economy (SEE) system. At the heart of the model is an analytic formulation that explains the phenomena of non-physical blocker, enhancer and indifferent, which are responsible for the adaptation and maladaptation of social agents and, accordingly, for the sustainability and unsustainability of SEE systems. Examples are provided to illustrate the model applications: (a) the non-physical and maladaptive syndromes as antecedents of multi-morbidity; and (b) the broadened and narrowed minds as sources of sustainability and unsustainability at the SEE system level within the context of emerging technologies such as engineered nanomaterials. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability; society; environment; technology sustainability; society; environment; technology
Figures

Figure 1

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

Scifeed alert for new publications

Never miss any articles matching your research from any publisher
  • Get alerts for new papers matching your research
  • Find out the new papers from selected authors
  • Updated daily for 49'000+ journals and 6000+ publishers
  • Define your Scifeed now

SciFeed Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Genaidy, A.M.; Huston, R.L.; Dionysiou, D.D.; Karwowski, W. A System-of-Systems Framework for Improved Human, Ecologic and Economic Well-Being. Sustainability 2017, 9, 616.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
Sustainability EISSN 2071-1050 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top