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