Control Strategies for a Sustainable Future

H. Erbe, R. Genser, M. W. Han, M. Hersh, P. Kopacek, L. Stapleton

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This chapter discusses the useful control strategies for a sustainable future. The open system approaches used to illuminate examples such as, technology-driven innovation, are also discussed. Usually, the open system models can cope with both the quantitative and qualitative data needed to describe and understand the human activity systems. They can be used to derive the control strategies for human activity systems. The various types of control strategies required for an analysis of the human systems are usually different from those used in industrial engineering. The present world is facing a number of serious crises, which could lead to potentially catastrophic instability. Some of the crisis include: environmental crises-global warming, destruction of the ozone layer, and resource crises-energy and water shortages. The role of the control and systems approaches for the community control, in order to stabilize the system approach is a problem. It can be solved using the multiloop action learning model. This model involves the addition of the quadruple loop action learning to the existing methods. It therefore considers the levels of the individual, the organization and the wider society.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationImproving Stability in Developing Nations through Automation 2006
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)9780080454061
Publication statusPublished - 2006


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