Living with Complexity

Living with Complexity
Author: Donald A. Norman
Publsiher: MIT Press
Total Pages: 308
Release: 2016-02-12
ISBN: 0262528940
Category: Technology & Engineering
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Living with Complexity Book Excerpt:

Why we don't really want simplicity, and how we can learn to live with complexity. If only today's technology were simpler! It's the universal lament, but it's wrong. In this provocative and informative book, Don Norman writes that the complexity of our technology must mirror the complexity and richness of our lives. It's not complexity that's the problem, it's bad design. Bad design complicates things unnecessarily and confuses us. Good design can tame complexity. Norman gives us a crash course in the virtues of complexity. Designers have to produce things that tame complexity. But we too have to do our part: we have to take the time to learn the structure and practice the skills. This is how we mastered reading and writing, driving a car, and playing sports, and this is how we can master our complex tools. Complexity is good. Simplicity is misleading. The good life is complex, rich, and rewarding—but only if it is understandable, sensible, and meaningful.

A Planner s Encounter with Complexity

A Planner s Encounter with Complexity
Author: Gert de Roo,Elisabete A. Silva
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 360
Release: 2016-03-16
ISBN: 1317187083
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Planner s Encounter with Complexity Book Excerpt:

Spatial planning is about dealing with our 'everyday' environment. In A Planner's Encounter with Complexity we present various understandings of complexity and how the environment is considered accordingly. One of these considerations is the environment as subject to processes of continuous change, being either progressive or destructive, evolving non-linearly and alternating between stable and dynamic periods. If the environment that is subject to change is adaptive, self-organizing, robust and flexible in relation to this change, a process of evolution and co-evolution can be expected. This understanding of an evolving environment is not mainstream to every planner. However, in A Planner's Encounter with Complexity, we argue that environments confronted with discontinuous, non-linear evolving processes might be more real than the idea that an environment is simply a planner's creation. Above all, we argue that recognizing the 'complexity' of our environment offers an entirely new perspective on our world and our environment, on planning theory and practice, and on the raison d'être of the planners that we are. A Planner's Encounter with Complexity is organized into 17 chapters. It begins with the interplay of planning and complexity from the perspective of contemporary planning theory. It continues by critically assessing planning theory and practice in the light of the interdisciplinary debate regarding complexity thinking. As the book progresses, it positions itself ever closer to the perspective of complexity thinking, looking at the planning discipline 'from the outside in', clarifying the facets of complexity and its importance in planning. Finally, conceptual and theoretical developments towards more applied examples are identified in order to see the interplay of planning and complexity in practice. This book emphasizes the importance of complexity in planning, clarifies many of the concepts and theories, presents examples on planning and complexity, and proposes new ideas and methods for planning.

Living with the Unexpected

Living with the Unexpected
Author: Anja Possekel
Publsiher: Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages: 287
Release: 2012-12-06
ISBN: 3642601456
Category: Technology & Engineering
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Living with the Unexpected Book Excerpt:

In 1980 my parents took me to St Lucia for the spring holidays. These vaca tions had - in the sense of the butterfly effect - considerable influence on my further curriculum. In the course of time I carried out many other journeys to the Caribbean. My colleagues even speak of an advancing "Caribbeanisation". This publication is the product of a lot of people who have supported and accompanied me during all this time. Most of my visits in the Caribbean were made possible by the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft). It was of great advantage to my insight into Carib bean matters that I was able to participate in the DFG-financed research pro ject "Complex resource mangement on small Caribbean islands" for five years. The final phase of my dissertation about Montserrat was also financially supported, this time by the local funds of the University of Hamburg. Within the scope of the DFG project, I stayed on Montserrat for some The island fascinated me from my first encounter. This is especially months.

The Politics of Banking

The Politics of Banking
Author: M. Moran
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 189
Release: 1984-06-18
ISBN: 1349045128
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Politics of Banking

Politics of Banking
Author: Michael Moran
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 205
Release: 1986-06-13
ISBN: 1349182427
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Things That Keep Us Busy

Things That Keep Us Busy
Author: Lars-Erik Janlert,Erik Stolterman
Publsiher: MIT Press
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2017-11-10
ISBN: 0262341824
Category: Design
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Things That Keep Us Busy Book Excerpt:

An investigation of interactivity, interfaces and their design, and the webs of complex interactions that result. We are surrounded by interactive devices, artifacts, and systems. The general assumption is that interactivity is good—that it is a positive feature associated with being modern, efficient, fast, flexible, and in control. Yet there is no very precise idea of what interaction is and what interactivity means. In this book, Lars-Erik Janlert and Erik Stolterman investigate the elements of interaction and how they can be defined and measured. They focus on interaction with digital artifacts and systems but draw inspiration from the broader, everyday sense of the word. Viewing the topic from a design perspective, Janlert and Stolterman take as their starting point the interface, which is designed to implement the interaction. They explore how the interface has changed over time, from a surface with knobs and dials to clickable symbols to gestures to the absence of anything visible. Janlert and Stolterman examine properties and qualities of designed artifacts and systems, primarily those that are open for manipulation by designers, considering such topics as complexity, clutter, control, and the emergence of an expressive-impressive style of interaction. They argue that only when we understand the basic concepts and terms of interactivity and interaction will we be able to discuss seriously its possible futures.

Simple Habits for Complex Times

Simple Habits for Complex Times
Author: Jennifer Garvey Berger,Keith Johnston
Publsiher: Stanford University Press
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2015-02-25
ISBN: 0804794251
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Simple Habits for Complex Times Book Excerpt:

When faced with complex challenges or uncertain outcomes, many leaders believe that if they are smart enough, work hard enough, or turn to the best management tools, they will be able to find the right answer, predict and plan for the future, and break down tasks to produce controllable results. But what are leaders to do when this isn't the case? Rather than offering one-size-fits-all tips and tricks drawn from the realm of business as usual, Simple Habits for Complex Times provides three integral practices that enable leaders to navigate the unknown. By taking multiple perspectives, asking different questions, and seeing more of their system, leaders can better understand themselves, their roles, and the world around them. They can become more nimble, respond with agility, and guide their organizations to thrive in an ever-shifting business landscape. The more leaders use these simple habits, the more they enhance their performance and solve increasingly common, sticky business issues with greater acumen. Whether in large or small organizations, in government or the private sector, in the U.S. or overseas, leaders will turn to this book as a companion that helps them grow into the best version of themselves.

Natural Gas

Natural Gas
Author: Sreenath Gupta
Publsiher: BoD – Books on Demand
Total Pages: 318
Release: 2012-10-31
ISBN: 9535108204
Category: Technology & Engineering
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Natural Gas Book Excerpt:

Natural gas has traditionally been used as a feedstock for the chemical industry, and as a fuel for process and space heating. Recent advances in exploration, drilling techniques and hydraulic fracturing have made it possible for natural gas to become available in abundance (as of 2012). As natural gas displaces traditional petroleum use in various sectors, a certain amount of disruption is likely. In such a changing landscape, this book tries to chronicle the state-of-the-art in various aspects of natural gas: exploration, drilling, gas processing, storage, distribution, end use and finally the impact on financial markets. Review articles as well as research papers contributed by leading authorities around the world comprise individual chapters of this book. Modeling approaches, as well as, recent advances in specific natural gas technologies are covered in detail.

Economics Concepts Methodologies Tools and Applications

Economics  Concepts  Methodologies  Tools  and Applications
Author: Management Association, Information Resources
Publsiher: IGI Global
Total Pages: 1803
Release: 2015-06-30
ISBN: 1466684690
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Economics Concepts Methodologies Tools and Applications Book Excerpt:

Organizations, governments, and corporations are all concerned with distributing their goods and services to those who need them most, consequently benefiting in the process. Only by carefully considering the interrelated nature of social systems can organizations achieve the success they strive for. Economics: Concepts, Methodolgies, Tools, and Applications explores the interactions between market agents and their impact on global prosperity. Incorporating both theoretical background and advanced concepts in the discipline, this multi-volume reference is intended for policymakers, economists, business leaders, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and students of economic theory.

Dark Fantasy

Dark Fantasy
Author: David P. Levine
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 132
Release: 2018-03-26
ISBN: 0429912528
Category: Psychology
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dark Fantasy Book Excerpt:

Recent trends in politics culminating in the US with the election of Donald Trump both provoked and expressed a troubling intensification of emotion in the body politic. Heightened levels of anger, frustration, and distrust, the dismissal of the norms of politics and policy making, and the prevalence of intractable conflict indicated an increase in the power of regressive forces. The power of these forces takes the form of dark fantasies involving the loss, indeed the destruction, of safe space, the prevalence of existential threat, and the corrosion of the kinds of relationships that make living in the world tolerable. This book explores the emotional meaning of regressive movements in contemporary politics with special reference to Trump and his supporters. Its main hypothesis is that the primary goal of these movements is not to restore a lost world of safety and wellbeing as they claim it is, but to make their members' experience of the destruction and loss of that world universal.

Cognitive Architecture

Cognitive Architecture
Author: Ann Sussman,Justin B Hollander
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 254
Release: 2021-07-12
ISBN: 1000403076
Category: Architecture
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Cognitive Architecture Book Excerpt:

In this expanded second edition of Cognitive Architecture, the authors review new findings in psychology and neuroscience to help architects and planners better understand their clients as the sophisticated mammals they are, arriving in the world with built-in responses to the environment. Discussing key biometric tools to help designers ‘see’ subliminal human behaviors and suggesting new ways to analyze designs before they are built, this new edition brings readers up-to-date on scientific tools relevant for assessing architecture and the human experience of the built environment. The new edition includes: Over 100 full color photographs and drawings to illustrate key concepts. A new chapter on using biometrics to understand the human experience of place. A conclusion describing how the book’s propositions reframe the history of modern architecture. A compelling read for students, professionals, and the general public, Cognitive Architecture takes an inside-out approach to design, arguing that the more we understand human behavior, the better we can design and plan for it.

The 18 Challenges of Leadership

The 18 Challenges of Leadership
Author: Trevor Waldock,Shenaz Kelly-Rawat
Publsiher: Pearson Education
Total Pages: 364
Release: 2004
ISBN: 9780273688105
Category: Executives
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The 18 Challenges of Leadership Book Excerpt:

This is the first book to simply identify the core challenges faced by all leaders, provide a easy way of assessing yourself against each of these challenges and suggesting the actions that will make you a better, more effective leader.

Chaos and Order in the Capital Markets

Chaos and Order in the Capital Markets
Author: Edgar E. Peters
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 296
Release: 1996-08-30
ISBN: 9780471139386
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Chaos and Order in the Capital Markets Book Excerpt:

The latest developments in chaos theory - from an industry expert Chaos and Order in the Capital Markets was the first book to introduce and popularize chaos as it applies to finance. It has since become the classic source on the topic. This new edition is completely updated to include the latest ripples in chaos theory with new chapters that tie in today's hot innovations, such as fuzzy logic, neural nets, and artificial intelligence. Critical praise for Peters and the first edition of Chaos and Order in the Capital Markets "The bible of market chaologists." - BusinessWeek "Ed Peters has written a first-class summary suitable for any investment professional or skilled investor." - Technical Analysis of Stocks & Commodities "It ranks among the most provocative financial books of the past few years. Reading this book will provide a generous payback for the time and mental energy expended." - Financial Analysts Journal This second edition of Chaos and Order in the Capital Markets brings the topic completely up to date with timely examples from today's markets and descriptions of the latest wave of technology, including genetic algorithms, wavelets, and complexity theory. Chaos and Order in the Capital Markets was the very first book to explore and popularize chaos theory as it applies to finance. It has since become the industry standard, and is regarded as the definitive source to which analysts, investors, and traders turn for a comprehensive overview of chaos theory. Now, this invaluable reference - touted by BusinessWeek as "the bible of market chaologists" - has been updated and revised to bring you the latest developments in the field. Mainstream capital market theory is based on efficient market assumptions, even though the markets themselves exhibit characteristics that are symptomatic of nonlinear dynamic systems. As it explores - and validates - this nonlinear nature, Chaos and Order repudiates the "random walk" theory and econometrics. It shifts the focus away from the concept of efficient markets toward a more general view of the forces underlying the capital market system. Presenting new analytical techniques, as well as reexamining methods that have been in use for the past forty years, Chaos and Order offers a thorough examination of chaos theory and fractals as applied to investments and economics. This new edition includes timely examples from today's markets and descriptions of cutting-edge technologies-genetic algorithms, wavelets, complexity theory-and hot innovations, such as fuzzy logic and artificial intelligence. Beyond the history of current capital market theory, Chaos and Order covers the crucial characteristics of fractals, the analysis of fractal time series through rescaled range analysis (R/S), the specifics of fractal statistics, and the definition and analysis of chaotic systems. It offers an in-depth exploration of: * Random walks and efficient markets - the development of the efficient market hypothesis (EMH) and modern portfolio theory * The linear paradigm - why it has failed * Nonlinear dynamic systems - phase space, the Henon Map, Lyapunov exponents * Applying chaos and nonlinear methods - neural networks, genetic algorithms * Dynamical analysis of time series - reconstructing a phase space, the fractal dimension Tonis Vaga's Coherent Market Hypothesis - the theory of social imitation, control parameters, Vaga's implementations Plus, Chaos and Order now contains a Windows-compatible disk including data sets for running analyses described in the appendices. Written by a leading expert in the field, Chaos and Order in the Capital Markets has all the information you need for a complete, up-to-date look at chaos theory. This latest edition will undoubtedly prove to be as invaluable as the first.

Managing Complexity and Creating Innovation through Design

Managing Complexity and Creating Innovation through Design
Author: Satu Miettinen,Melanie Sarantou
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 210
Release: 2019-04-18
ISBN: 042966334X
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Managing Complexity and Creating Innovation through Design Book Excerpt:

Coping with complexities is an everyday reality for private, public and third sectors that face intricate, overlapping, obscuring and ever-changing challenges. Developments in technology and systems of value creation are driving a new need to understand, facilitate and manage complexity. The book proposes design and design research as a solution to respond to the complexities associated with the intensifying and rapid changes in societies, technological fields and environments. A four-step design process for managing complexities is introduced in the four parts of this book, spanning from design research in the field to practice-based contexts. This publication collates high-level research and the latest scholarship on this topic, while many of the case studies described herein draw on rich experiences and applications in practice. The ways designers work to overcome complexities through design, and the methods and frameworks presented in the chapters, provide critical insights and form an important scholarly contribution in this subject area.

Loose

Loose
Author: Martin Thomas
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2011-03-03
ISBN: 0755361563
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Loose Book Excerpt:

Google breaks the traditional rules of branding by changing its logo everyday. Doritos handed over the US premium advertising slot in the Superbowl to a couple of amateur filmmakers. The software industry is well used to 'living a life in beta.' Even Pope Benedict XVI has embraced the inclusive, 'Obama model' of communication with YouTube broadcasts in 27 languages in an attempt to encourage debate. If the Pope can do loose, anyone can.Loose thinking is at odds with all but the most progressive organizations. Businesses pay lip service to customer collaboration while still exerting maximum control. As Clay Shirky suggests, companies that create products, services and message that are too perfect will leave the consumer thinking 'where is the space for me?' LOOSE shakes up the status quo and shows how prevailing business wisdom needs to change.

The Simplicity Principle

The Simplicity Principle
Author: Julia Hobsbawm
Publsiher: Kogan Page Publishers
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2020-04-03
ISBN: 1789663539
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Simplicity Principle Book Excerpt:

Modern life is complicated, much more so than it used to be. Acclaimed author and social entrepreneur, Julia Hobsbawm, shows you a simpler way. The Simplicity Principle challenges the assumption that all things that are complex have to stay that way. It helps keep things as lean, simple and focused as possible. Smartphone users experience concentration interruptions every 12 minutes of the day, there are over 250 billion emails sent every 24 hours and by 2021 the internet will have created more than 3.3 zettabytes of data. Yet complexity doesn't have to dominate, complicate or clutter our lives. Based on a hexagonal model, this book shows you that it's easy to streamline and simplify both your professional and personal lives with lessons based on the natural world. For anyone who feels that life can be too much, The Simplicity Principle will help you break free of the endless choices and complexities that we face in the world today. It's time to gain control of your focus and productivity, and most importantly, KEEP IT SIMPLE.

EBOOK Palliative Care Nursing Principles and Evidence for Practice

EBOOK  Palliative Care Nursing  Principles and Evidence for Practice
Author: Catherine Walshe,Nancy Preston,Bridget Johnston
Publsiher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
Total Pages: 527
Release: 2018-05-18
ISBN: 0335261639
Category: Medical
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

EBOOK Palliative Care Nursing Principles and Evidence for Practice Book Excerpt:

What can nurses do to support those receiving palliative care? How do you ensure clear communication and maintain patients’ and families’ preferences? Palliative Care Nursing is essential reading for nursing students, nurses and other health and social care professionals providing supportive and palliative care to those with advanced illness or who are towards the end of life. This third edition of the acclaimed textbook has been extensively revised and examines important research studies, key debates around care and strategies to move palliative care nursing forward. In four sections the book covers key elements of nursing practice towards the end of life: • Who is the palliative care patient? • Providing palliative nursing care • Caring around the time of death • Challenging issues in palliative care nursing Leading authors in each of these fields address contemporary issues and explore how to provide high quality person-centred palliative care, encouraging application to practice through exercises case studies. Chapters completely reworked or new for this edition include those on communication, living with uncertainty, bereavement care, the costs of caring, nurses’ decision-making and capacity, and palliative care worldwide. The clarity of evidence presented and coverage of a diverse range of topics make this the foundational textbook for all studying palliative care at pre-registration level, postgraduate level or as part of CPD study. With a foreword by last edition editor, Professor Sheila Payne, Lancaster University, UK. “I welcome this third edition of Palliative Care Nursing and congratulations to the new team who have provided us with a dynamic and innovative development of a core text for palliative nursing practice. As the largest workforce in palliative care, and given the changing face of clinical practice for nurses, including increased educational opportunity and expanding roles and responsibilities, this book is timely in its focus on critical issues which frame and scope the reality of palliative care and the nursing contribution to that discipline. The learning exercises, in particular, offer tools for educators and clinicians to reflect on practice and understand new ways of knowing in palliative care. It will be an excellent resource for nursing, both in the UK and Ireland and to the wider international audience, having drawn on the breadth of global nursing expertise to bring this book together. Philip Larkin, Professor of Clinical Nursing (Palliative Care), University College Dublin and Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services, Dublin, Ireland; President, European Association for Palliative Care “This is a book of substance that captures the current status of palliative nursing, including the values and research evidence that underpin it. The changing nature of palliative nursing as an evidence-based specialism is balanced with practical skills and insights from experts, and also considers the needs of those working with, or concerned about, the dying person’s well-being. It covers a range of challenging issues as well as drawing on the wisdom of those who actually undertake this work on a daily basis. I hope that students and practitioners from all disciplines will find this a useful resource to understand the art and craft of good palliative nursing.” Professor Daniel Kelly, Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing and Royal College of Nursing Chair of Nursing Research, Cardiff University, UK

Structural Violence

Structural Violence
Author: Joshua M. Price
Publsiher: SUNY Press
Total Pages: 193
Release: 2012-09-17
ISBN: 1438443447
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Customer Experience For Dummies

Customer Experience For Dummies
Author: Roy Barnes,Bob Kelleher
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 360
Release: 2014-10-29
ISBN: 1118756045
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Customer Experience For Dummies Book Excerpt:

Gain, engage, and retain customers with positive experiences A positive customer experience is absolutely essential tokeeping your business relevant. Today's business owners need toknow how to connect and engage with their customers through avariety of different channels, including online reviews and word ofmouth. Customer Experience For Dummies helps you listen toyour customers and offers friendly, practical, andeasy-to-implement solutions for incorporating customer engagementinto your business plans and keep the crowds singing yourpraises. The book will show you simple and attainable ways to increasecustomer experience and generate sales growth, competitiveadvantage, and profitability. You'll get the know-how tosuccessfully optimize social media to create more loyal customers,provide feedback that keeps them coming back for more, become atrustworthy and transparent entity that receives positive reviews,and so much more. Gives you the tools you need to target customers moreprecisely Helps you implement new social and mobile strategies Shows you how to generate and maintain customer loyalty inorder to achieve success through multiple channels Explains how a fully-engaged customer can help you outperformthe competition Learn how to respond effectively to customer feedback Your brand's reputation and success is your lifeblood, andCustomer Experience For Dummies shows you how to stayrelevant, add value, and win and retain customers.

Terrorism Asymmetric Warfare and Weapons of Mass Destruction

Terrorism  Asymmetric Warfare  and Weapons of Mass Destruction
Author: Anthony H. Cordesman
Publsiher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Total Pages: 470
Release: 2002
ISBN: 9780275974275
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Terrorism Asymmetric Warfare and Weapons of Mass Destruction Book Excerpt:

New threats require new thinking. State attacks involving long-range missiles or conventional military forces are not the only threat to the U.S. homeland. Covert attacks by state actors, state use of proxies, independent terrorist and extremist attacks by foreign groups or individuals--and even by residents of the United States--are significant issues for future U.S. security. In this comprehensive work, Cordesman offers a range of recommendations, from reevaluating what constitutes a threat and bolstering homeland defense measures, to improving resource allocation and sharpening intelligence.