Generic Conceptual Protocols

The Unicist Confederation provides business technologies developed at The Unicist Research Institute and counseling services to support clients to develop new generation solutions for growth and profitability.

The generic conceptual protocols guide clients in the development of solutions in adaptive environments. This approach is based on the guidance of the clients in the use of conceptual methods to develop solutions based on their knowledge of the problems and the processes.

This experience of the clients is complemented by the use of the conceptual maps of the processes involved that are provided by the partners.

New Generation Solutions in the 4IR

Conceptualization is the dominant mindset in the 4th Industrial Revolution. The new stage is based on 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.

This new stage requires managing the concepts and fundamentals of business processes, which requires using a set of protocols that allows managing businesses as adaptive systems.

This set of protocols is integrated by three basic methods:

Solution Building Protocols

  1. The Unicist Unified Field Method to define what is possible to be achieved
  2. The Unicist Destructive Testing Method to confirm the limits of the functionality of what is being done.
  3. The Unicist Conceptual Engineering Method to design the solutions to achieve what has been defined as possible.

These three methods are sustained by:

Solution Finding Protocols

  • A) The Unicist “Q” Method that allows upgrading the solutions that are being developed
  • B) The Unicist Root Cause Finding Method that allows approaching the problems with “hypothetical” solutions.
Unicist Conceptual Methods

The Unicist Evolutionary Approach in the 4IR

Unicist Standard

The 4th Industrial Revolution is the first industrial revolution that introduced a paradigm shift focused on the generation of market value. The Unicist Evolutionary Approach (UEA) increases the adaptability of businesses and their speed of growth and improves their profitability in an environment of customer orientation and sustainability.

This approach uses the concepts and fundamentals of business processes, expert systems and unicist artificial intelligence.

This development was based on the researches, developed since 1976, of the concepts and fundamentals that underlie social and business functions and processes.

The Solution Building Protocols

1. Synthesis of the
Unicist Unified Field Method

The unicist unified field method was developed to define what is possible to be achieved when dealing with specific adaptive systems or environments. The objective of this method is to define the framework for solution building processes.

This method provides the necessary information that ensures the possibility of developing reliable maximal strategies to grow and minimum strategies to ensure results. It is the first step of any complex problem-solving approach.

The Functionality of the Method

The unicist unified field method was developed to discover the possibilities of influencing an environment. The knowledge of possibilities defines what is possible to be done in a specific environment.

Therefore, the unicist evolutionary approach to reality begins by defining what is possible to be achieved before defining what wants or what needs to be done.

The unicist unified field method is a 3-step method that allows defining the possibilities based on the capacity of envisioning a specific field of the environment and the technological and social trends that drive its evolution.

The three steps are:

  1. Define the conceptual structure of the field of actions (category)
  2. Emulate the functionality and trends of the category in mind
  3. Define the possibilities of the empty spaces that are found

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2. Synthesis of the
Unicist Destructive Test Method

The final objective of the unicist destructive testing method is to ensure the reliability of decision-making by avoiding threads and managing risks. This method is based on confirming the knowledge functionality based on the use of an inductive approach applied to non-analogous and non-homologous cases.

It expands the functional knowledge that has been achieved by developing clinics to test substitutes and succedaneous alternatives and by using complexity research methods to expand the level of applicability of the solutions.

The Functionality of the Method

Destructive testing allows defining the limits of the validity of knowledge considering that there are always, on the one hand, conceptual limits and, on the other, operational limits.

Step 1: Substitute Clinics

This approach implies developing a real solution, comparing this solution with its substitutes and finding out the SWOT they both generate and the response of the environment.

Step 2: Research of Complex Systems

It implies finding the limits of the validity of substitutes based on experiencing, using acceptable preexisting knowledge and comparing it with the knowledge that is being tested. It includes the use of multiple conceptual benchmarks.

Step 3: Succedaneum Clinics

This is the final stage before real application. It requires developing a real solution for a real problem and allowing the context to choose between the succedaneous solutions and the one that has been developed. It implies finding the SWOT that the solution generates and the response of the environment.

Step 4: Ontological Reverse Engineering

This implies using the technology of reverse-engineering comparing succedaneous solutions with the solution that is being tested and redefining their conceptual structure.

Step 5: Real Operation

The real operation is what defines the final limits of the knowledge that is being tested.

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3. Synthesis of the
Unicist Conceptual Engineering Method

The unicist conceptual engineering method was developed to use the conceptual structures of adaptive functions and processes to define their operational strategies and transform them into operational plans and actions.

The method is based on adapting universal functional definitions into specific definitions that allow building the necessary actions and catalysts to ensure and accelerate processes. The final stage transforms maximal and minimum strategies into segmented actions.

The basics of Unicist Conceptual Engineering

Conceptual Engineering was developed to manage the unified field of social, institutional and business functions. It allows transforming the conceptual structures of these environments into roles, processes, objects and actions that allow managing maximal strategies to grow and minimum strategies to ensure results.

The method goes from the essential concepts, defined by their ontogenetic maps, to the operational concepts and the definition of roles, processes and objects.

Unicist conceptual engineering is based on a three-step method:

Step 1:

Transform essential concepts into systemic functions, which have closed boundaries. The validation of this step is based on a logical confirmation using the complementation and supplementation laws.

Step 2:

Transform the systemic functions into maximal and minimum strategies that allow defining these two differentiated roles.

It is necessary that each of the fundamentals of the concept included in the function be transformed into actions that allow their inclusion in the alternative strategies that need to be defined. The nature of the actions defines their functionality in the alternative operational strategies. The validation of this step is based on the use of conceptual benchmarking.

Step 3:

Transform maximal and minimum strategies into processes, objects, actions and DDAs (double dialectical actions). Each of the strategies that are used are defined by the actions that are implemented, which depend on what is needed to be achieved and the actions that occur in the environment. The validation of this step is based on the use of destructive tests.


Actions depend on what needs to be done and not what can be done. What needs to be done depends on having confirmed what is possible to be achieved.

A strategy should not be implemented if the actions that can be done do not fulfill the definition of what needs to be done.

The use of this method ensures the management of complex adaptive systems and environments by managing the concepts and fundamentals that define the root causes of their functionality.

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Solution Finding Protocols

A) Synthesis of the
Unicist “Q” Method

The unicist “Q” method was develop for two different but compatible purposes. On the one hand, it was developed to solve the problem of dealing with apparent incompatible solutions, because it integrates them at a superior level.

On the other hand, it is a method to empower intelligence by integrating incompatibilities. It drives to a superior level of intelligence by driving towards a superior ethical intelligence, which generates the complementation of thinking processes.

The Structure of the Q Method

  1. Use the “5 Why Method” to understand the foundations of both opposite positions.
  2. Develop a destructive test of one’s position to find the limits of its validity.
  3. Develop a non-destructive test of the controversial position to understand its validity.
  4. Define the field in which both positions are compatible and find the concept that underlies this field.
  5. Based on the concept previously found, discover the context that is ruled by it that includes both positions.
  6. Develop the necessary destructive and non-destructive tests to confirm that both positions have been integrated.

At the end of this process both parts will have learned about each other and an upgraded solution will have been produced.

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B) Synthesis of the
Unicist Root Cause Finding Method

The unicist root cause finding method is an upgrade in the management of causality and problem solving that integrates a unicist ontological approach, which allows managing the root-causes of problems in complex adaptive environments.

Complex problems have, among other characteristics, open boundaries and have no variables with cause-effect relationships, but instead they have interdependent elements with bi-univocal relations integrated by the conjunction “AND”.

The Functionality of the Method

The unicist management of causality is based on the unicist ontology of complex adaptive systems that describes their nature and defines the concepts that regulate their evolution.

A problem exists when a functionality, that has been defined as possible to be achieved, cannot be fulfilled.

The unicist approach to problem solving defines three types of causes that are integrated in the concept of problem causality.

  • Triggering causes: that define the operational causes that generate a problem.
  • Necessary causes: that define the root causes of the problem.
  • The limit causes: that define the boundaries of what is possible to be achieved.

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Expert Systems
to Sustain Methods

The unicist expert systems are alternative tools for any method that deals with business problem solving or solution building.

They were developed to manage the fundamentals of business processes by managing the root causes of processes to develop solutions in adaptive environments.

With multiple specialized modules to solve specific problems, these systems manage the unified field of the business processes to manage their functionality, dynamics and adaptability. 

The Basics of the Framework of Solution Partners

The Unicist Research Institute was one of the precursors of the 4th Industrial Revolution that provided the conceptual structure to manage complexity to deal with adaptive systems, and developed, among other things, the new stage of counseling.

Unicist Counseling was developed to empower the adaptiveness of organizations empowering their resilience and their customer orientation while increasing the productivity and quality of business processes to foster growth and increase profits.

The unicist counseling process has been designed to support the development of solutions to manage the adaptive aspects of businesses in the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Note: The R&D work of this technology/methodology was led by Peter Belohlavek at The Unicist Research Institute.

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