Business Catalysts


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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.

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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.