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The Functionality of Catalysts

Catalysts are needed to ensure the achievement of goals in adaptive environments. The more differentiated the action of an individual or organization, the more influence is needed to adapt in an environment.

The research on social and business catalysts developed at The Unicist Research Institute discovered the different types of catalysts according to specific functionalities as well as how catalysts accelerate the introduction of the concept of Industry 4.0 in an organization.

Industry 4.0 Catalysts

Understanding the catalysts that accelerate the Industry 4.0 installation will help to understand the concept of catalysis.

The research found the catalysts that drive the introduction of Industry 4.0 and their functionality:

  • The generic catalyst, which opens the access to Industry 4.0, is customer orientation. It allows palliating the implicit weaknesses of the processes that are installed. It is based on the segmentation of the participants in the processes.  
  • The systemic catalyst is given by the access and management of the root causes of processes, which ensure the functionality of the technologies used.
  • The specific catalyst is the use of artificial intelligence to ensure the accuracy of results.
  • The conjunctural catalyst, which exerts the highest level of influence, is defined by the competitive strategy of an organization.

The attributes of a brand are a basic example of a universal catalyst, which is always part of a process. Exceptionally, brands work as composed catalysts that include the different levels (Apple, Speedo, etc.). Normally, they work as a hygienic catalyst that sustains the catalyzing processes. When it is an internal process in an organization, the attributes of the brand define the values of the culture and when it is an external process, the attributes define what the environment can expect from a value proposition.

To find the catalyzing objects, it is necessary to manage the fundamentals of a process. It is very simple to find them when there are successful experiences in a field. Semiotic groups are used to confirm the validity of the catalysts that work at the different stages of a processes.

Learn more: https://www.unicist.net/conceptual-design/catalysts/

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NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute has been, since 1976, the pioneer in complexity science research where the Unicist Evolutionary Approach was developed. 


How Social and Business Catalysts Work

The research on social and business catalysts developed at The Unicist Research Institute unveiled their nature to accelerate processes and their levels of acceleration.

According to this research, the functionality of catalysts requires that their work be “redundant” with the causes of the problem they solve. Catalysts cannot work in non-adaptive environments. Catalysts accelerate social and business processes:

Social & Business Catalysts Functionality

1) They simplify processes by increasing their efficiency. Therefore, there is less need of efficacy to ensure the achievement of effectiveness.

2) They manage the root causes of social and business functions, which are driven by the dysfunctionality of the concepts and fundamentals that underlie their processes.

3) They palliate the dysfunctionality of the implicit weaknesses of the strengths of processes. Implicit weaknesses are the dysfunctional consequences of any strength in adaptive environments.

Levels of Acceleration

The levels of acceleration catalysts introduce in processes, depend on the specificity of their functions.

a) Generic catalysts accelerate the functionality of institutions or organizations. Their acceleration is (+).
b) Systemic catalysts accelerate the functionality of functions and roles. Their acceleration is (++).
c) Specific catalysts accelerate the functionality of processes. Their acceleration is (+++).
d) Conjunctural catalysts accelerate the functionality of conjuncture driven processes. Their acceleration is (++++).

The dysfunctionality of catalysts, because they are inconsistent with the environment or because they don’t have the necessary influence on it, deaccelerates social and business processes. The pilot testing of catalysts ensures their functionality.

Learn more: https://www.unicist.net/conceptual-design/catalysts/

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NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute has been, since 1976, the pioneer in complexity science research where the Unicist Evolutionary Approach was developed. 


Why an Evolutionary Approach?

The Unicist Evolutionary Approach is a fundamental approach to businesses that integrates a strategic approach to business functions, business intelligence and data management to generate sustainable growth. This approach integrates business growth with profitability and sustainability to increase the business value.

The Drivers of the Unicist Evolutionary Approach

The unicist evolutionary approach emulates the triadic organization of nature to foster the evolution of organizations and ensure their sustainability. Evolution needs to be managed to build sustainable organizations in adaptive environments.

The research of business functions and processes that has been developed since 1976, allowed defining their fundamentals.

The unicist fundamental approach to businesses has several precedents:

  1. Fundamental Analysis that allows defining the intrinsic stock value
  2. The Ishikawa method to manage root causes, based on the fundamentals of manufacturing quality
  3. The Overall Equipment Effectiveness method, of Seiichi Nakajima, that manages the fundamentals of effectiveness

The main epistemological precedents of the triadic structure of fundamentals can be found in Immanuel Kant, Charles S. Peirce and the Tao.

Organizational sustainability is based on the use of unicist universal strategies that allow developing future scenarios and building maximal strategies to grow and minimum strategies to ensure results. This unicist strategic approach emulates the functionality of living beings in nature.

This unicist evolutionary approach drives the sustainability of organizations ensuring the achievement of short- and long-term objectives.

Peter Belohlavek

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute has been, since 1976, the pioneer in complexity science research where the Unicist Evolutionary Approach was developed. It was one of the precursors of the Industry 4.0 concept.


Unicist Innovation Strategy

The purpose of innovation is to overcome scarcity. Only people or cultures, who have the will, find the way to overcome scarcity: this is the cultural context that fosters innovation. The driver of innovation is human creation. The word creation is used in the sense of recreation. Humans create based on the existing energy.

Unicist Innovation Strategy

The research on the process of innovation led to the ontological structure of innovation, which is defined as follows:

Four structural segments were identified. These segments of innovators are described as: Artisans, Technologists, Inventors and Discoverers.

The homeostatic function of innovation is freedom. This sounds paradoxical, because we define freedom as the path towards security to innovate. Innovation is sustained by internal and external freedom.

Cultures only develop innovations in the fields where such freedom exists. Censorship or self-censorship inhibits research and innovations.

That is why there are cultures where innovations are centered on arts or technologies, without entering the field of scientific innovation. Social capital, defined as the strength of the bonds among the members of a society, sustains innovations.

Peter Belohlavek

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute has been, since 1976, the pioneer in complexity science research to deal with adaptive entities and became a private global decentralized leading research organization in the field of adaptive systems and environments. It was one of the precursors of the Industry 4.0 concept


Cognitive Systems to Foster Growth & Profitability

The Unicist Cognitive Systems in business manage the root causes, the dynamics and the evolution of the business processes they deal with. They were developed to manage businesses as adaptive systems to foster growth, process improvement, decision making, profit improvement and customer orientation.

Unicist Cognitive Systems

They take advantage of the technologies included in the 4th Industrial Revolution and use the knowledge of the concepts and fundamentals of the business functions to manage their root causes. The installation of Cognitive Systems generates a positive cash flow.

Unicist Cognitive Systems manage the unified fields of business functions using the unicist artificial intelligence to monitor the functionality of their fundamentals to ensure results. These systems are necessary to manage feedback dependent environments.

The Unicist Cognitive Systems were built upon the information provided by the more than 5,000 researches developed since 1976 at The Unicist Research Institute. These researches provided the necessary information to build the systems to support social and business decision making processes.

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NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute has been, since 1976, the pioneer in complexity science research to deal with adaptive entities and became a private global decentralized leading research organization in the field of adaptive systems and environments. It was one of the precursors of the Industry 4.0 concept


Industrial Revolution and Mindsets

Industrial Revolutions foster and establish dominant mindsets to fulfill their purposes. These mindsets include the preceding mindset as complementary approaches.

Operational thinking is the dominant mindset in the 1st Industrial Revolution. Mechanization requires operational thinking and the solutions provided by this stage deal with the operation of things.

Analytical thinking is the dominant mindset in the 2nd Industrial Revolution. The analytical approach allows managing mass production in a meaningful way by dividing these masses into manageable entities.

Systemic thinking is the dominant mindset in the 3rd Industrial Revolution. Automation requires envisioning the unified field of the operation and its components in order to build the automated processes.

Conceptual thinking is the dominant mindset in the 4th Industrial Revolution. The Industry 4.0 stage is based in improving the adaptiveness of processes by being fully consumer/user/buyer oriented, increasing the productivity which implies improving the cost/value relation and increasing the quality to become fully reliable.

Peter Belohlavek

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute has been, since 1976, the pioneer in complexity science research to deal with adaptive entities and became a private global decentralized leading research organization in the field of adaptive systems and environments. It was one of the precursors of the Industry 4.0 concept. https://www.unicist.org/turi.pdf


The Concept of the 4th Industrial Revolution

The birth of an industrial revolution is triggered by new technologies which produce a new industrial stage when they are able to satisfy latent needs of a society. The history of industrial revolutions is that they expand as such in environments where they satisfy the needs of an “establishment” of a culture.

As soon as they begin to have a viral expansion, the industrial revolutions demonstrate their true value and the underlying concepts can be perceived.

In the case of the 4th Industrial Revolution it becomes evident that its purpose is to introduce adaptiveness into industrial and business processes.

It has to be considered that adaptiveness, the concept that underlies flexibility, was always a goal in industry but could not be solved without increasing costs and affecting the quality of the produces. Industry 4.0, due to the now available technologies, introduced adaptiveness but also increased the productivity and quality of the produces.

This opened a new stage that was based on industrial processes, although it deals with businesses as a whole. It introduces adaptiveness by managing the concepts and fundamentals of business functions.  This allows managing the root causes of processes that increase their productivity, quality and ensure their reliability.

Diego Belohlavek

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute has been, since 1976, the pioneer in complexity science research to deal with adaptive entities and became a private global decentralized leading research organization in the field of adaptive systems and environments. It was one of the precursors of the Industry 4.0 concept. https://www.unicist.org/turi.pdf


The Breakthrough of Root Cause Management

There are breakthroughs in sciences and technologies that establish new stages in their field of influence. The gunpowder, the Theory of Relativity, the Internet, the telephone, the television, the computer, etc. are examples of breakthroughs that triggered new stages.

This is also the case of the unicist approach, which is a paradigm shift in sciences, based on the discovery and emulation of the intelligence that underlies nature that allowed finding the concepts that made possible the management of adaptive environments by knowing the root causes of their functionality.

This root cause approach is necessary in all adaptive aspects of human behavior, but has notorious consequences in the social and business fields.

What was made possible:

1. Managing root causes in business: to develop structural solutions based on the unicist concepts of business functions.

2. Developing maximal and minimum business strategies: emulating the intelligence of nature to expand the boundaries of businesses to grow while ensuring results.

3. Managing the root causes of buying processes: to expand markets by managing the conceptual drivers of the segments to be approached.

4. Unified field architecture: using the unicist conceptual structures of business functions to design structural solutions and build architectures.

5. Managing marketing confrontations: which requires developing the conceptual competitive intelligence to understand and influence the action of competitors.

6. Developing asymmetric future scenarios: forecasting the changes of the scenarios based on the use of ontogenetic maps and using destructive tests to validate the conclusions.

7. Organizing by roles and objects: optimizing the organization of processes based on the knowledge of the concepts of the business functions.

8. Researching adaptive systems with open boundaries: based on the use of the complexity science research methodology to deal with adaptive environments.

9. Developing object driven continuous improvement: using driving, entropy inhibiting, inhibiting, catalyzing and gravitational objects to improve processes.

10. Transforming business problems into structural solutions: by installing In-company Corporate Universities that work as “teaching hospitals in business” using conceptual management and the root causes of problems.

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NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute (TURI) has been, since 1976, the pioneer in the research of complexity where the roots of evolution and the structure of concepts were discovered. In the business world, TURI developed a Solution Bank based on the structures of concepts, which define the nature of business functions that allow managing the root causes of problems and the root drivers of solutions.
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Unicist Operational Objects for Business Processes

Operational Objects are those whose aim is to generate an appropriate value for the people handling them. This means that the operational objects should produce “incomes”.

Operational objects are centered on processes, with non-ambiguous methodologies and implicit quality control systems.

Every object needs to have operational aspects that are useful for the client system to appropriate value since they generate the operation and results.

There are objects that only have operational aspects, and these are those that have the highest obsolescence speed due to the changes in technologies/methodologies.

The maximal strategy of operational objects is defined by the use of an ontological methodology to earn value within an environment based on quality control.

Operational objects require the participation of people who follow this ontological methodology, generate the added value and control the quality of what is being produced.

They are encapsulated methods that need to be strictly fulfilled to ensure the minimum strategy which is based on following taxonomic methods that produce a functional value and are fully reliable.

Diego Belohlavek

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute was the pioneer in using the unicist logical approach in complexity science research and became a private global decentralized leading research organization in the field of human adaptive systems. It has an academic arm and a business arm.
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Business Growth: The Unicist Critical Mass Method

The Unicist Critical Mass Method (UCMM) is a strategic approach to define the processes established by the business architecture in a way that ensures the results to be achieved.

Unicist Critical Mass MethodThe Unicist Logical Approach requires the use of critical masses in the adaptive business processes. A Unicist Critical Mass is the smallest amount of force that is needed to generate the integration of the elements of the unified field of a human complex adaptive system to produce results.

The Unicist Critical Mass Method (UCMM) is a design process that allows integrating the business architecture with the necessary synchronicity to be able to have a critical mass to add value and take advantage of opportunities. It requires a natural object driven organization with an adequate quality assurance process.

The quality assurance process that is included in the Unicist Critical Mass Method is based on having secure knowledge, on the use of destructive and non-destructive pilot tests to define the limits and validity of the solutions and on the existence of plans A, B, C and D to ensure results.

The Method

The UCMM follows the taxonomy and the ontological algorithm of the ontogenetic maps that correspond to the function of a business unit or process. The taxonomy defines the integration of the objects or concepts that are included and the ontological algorithm defines the process.

Generic Ontogenetic MapThe problem of using this method is that it is a strategic method, with strict hierarchical and relational rules to be applied but where the components are adaptive systems in themselves, like business objects, that need to be considered as having open boundaries and interdependent elements.

Strategic methods need to be apprehended as a unified field having a positive solution thinking mind. If we take a look at the abstract ontological structure of an ontogenetic map, it can be seen that there are three pilot tests and a previous launching evaluation in any adaptive system.

The idea of a concept (see 1 in graph) is the starting point that opens the possibilities of an individual to participate in the use of the UCMM.

Everything starts with a very simple and transparent approach to reality where the idea is installed in an ambiguous way and those who participate start working with it according to their own perception of reality.

Critical mass implies integrating the elements that are part of a unified field and this has to happen in a hierarchical order and a relational conjunction.

The hierarchical order follows the evolution law and the relational conjunction implies that the distance of the events has to be according to the necessary timing to generate a synchronicity of the elements to work as a unit to produce results.

Critical Mass Method SchedulingEvery event of the process of the UCMM has two schedules that have to be followed. Without following them there is no possibility of achieving a critical mass.

For each event to be synchronic within the whole process it has to take place within a framework of time, no sooner than the earliest implementation time, and no later than the latest implementation time. Outside this timeframe the event lacks synchronicity and is therefore dysfunctional for the creation of a critical mass to produce a result.

Paradoxically, while each event needs to work as a unit within the system, having its own force, this means that it needs to be autonomous, and be able to work as an independent unit, at the same time, each event is required to work interdependently to produce a unique integrated result.

Peter Belohlavek

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute was the pioneer in using the unicist logical approach in complexity science research and became a private global decentralized leading research organization in the field of human adaptive systems. It has an academic arm and a business arm.
https://www.unicist.net/conceptual-design/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/turi.pdf