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The Use of Binary Actions in Business

Binary actions are two synchronized actions that aim at the same purpose, which expand businesses while they ensure their results. They were developed to manage the evolution of adaptive environments by managing actions to install maximal strategies to grow and minimum strategies to ensure results.

Binary actions empower the value of processes while they diminish their costs. They use catalysts to expand the boundaries of solutions and business objects to accelerate processes and ensure their functionality.

The research developed at The Unicist Research Institute demonstrated that any adaptive system and environment (living being or artificial construction) is driven by binary actions. Some examples will help to grasp the idea:

Unicist Binary Actions
  • The active function and the energy conservation function of the intelligence of a tree drive its growth and survival.
  • Lift and propulsion make airplanes take-off and fly.
  • The cover and the back-cover define the functionality of the packaging of a book.
  • The music and the lyrics of a song define its aesthetics.

Business Functionality is driven by Binary Actions

Here you can find a series of unicist binary actions to generate value that are evident.

  • Increasing productivity + Ensuring quality = Value generation
  • Influential marketing + Effective selling = Generating revenue
  • Ensuring efficacy + Ensuring efficiency = Effectiveness
  • Active participation + Non-exerted power = Leadership
  • Functional processes + Functional objects = Organization

An Example of Binary Actions

The definition and use of specific binary actions require having in mind the concepts and the generic binary actions that need to be developed and their synchronicity.

This process is simplified using the “Guiding Idea Template” that is developed based on the synthetic concepts of the project that is being managed.

Example Binary Action Building

This guiding idea includes the description of the concept and the description of the basic binary actions that need to be developed. This guiding idea is transformed into synchronic action processes to achieve the objectives that have been established.

Installing Binary Actions in Applications

The functional design of processes and the binary actions to achieve the objectives of business processes are implemented as applications.

The unicist intelligent applications for business functions are based on the knowledge of the concepts and fundamentals of the business processes involved, which allow defining the binary actions that need to be managed to ensure results.

The development of intelligent applications is materialized using different platforms according to the needs of the solution. There are multiple platforms like Oracle APEX, SAP Business Application Studio, Integromat, Zoho Creator, Outsystems , etc.to develop apps.

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In-House Universities in the 4IR

Context: The Functionalist Approach to the 4th Industrial Revolution

The Unicist Education is based on a functionalist approach to businesses that is based on managing the drivers of business functions that define the operational processes. This functionalist approach includes the management of strategies in the field where they are needed to deal with the adaptability introduced by the 4th Industrial Revolution.

The 4th Industrial Revolution can be synthetically defined as the “revolution of adaptive business processes”, which requires using a functionalist approach. Adaptability requires managing the functionality of business processes to be able to integrate different people, technologies, processes, systems, objects, and tools.

In this context, adaptive solutions can only be managed by structured flexible processes with a high level of productivity and quality. Adaptability requires managing the functionality of business processes. It is based on the concepts and fundamentals of the business functions which allow managing the adaptability of business processes, enhance customer orientation, foster growth, and increase profitability. The functionalist approach to business is a must to take advantage of the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Learn about the functionalist approach at:
https://www.unicist.org/pdf/wp-unicist-functionalist-approach.pdf

Unicist Education

The Unicist In-House Universities were developed to introduce the use of the unicist functionalist approach in organizations. They are for professionals who work in organizations and need to exceed the operationality and manage the functionality of processes.

The functionalist approach exceeds but includes the operational approach and increases notoriously the effectiveness and adaptability of work processes. Unicist In-House Universities generate positive cash-flow for the organizations they work in, based on the solutions that are developed.

The Functionalist Approach to Education

The unicist functionalist education model was developed to manage functionalist learning in the field of social, economic, and business behavior. It is based on the discovery of the unicist ontology of human learning in adaptive environments that allowed defining the functionality of this process.

Functionalist education is for people who already have the professional knowledge to manage the operational aspects in a specific field and need to access the functionality of processes. It requires to exceed the empirical aspects of activities to introduce a functionalist approach.

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Reflection Driven Learning

The education of the Unicist Corporate University is driven by the use of a functionalist approach to develop real solutions that are sustained by pilot tests, destructive tests, and non-destructive tests. These tests are the input to reflection processes that allow storing meaningful knowledge in the long-term memory of the learners.

The use of the unicist ontology of learning processes and the ontology of the problems that are being solved allow managing the levels of applications the participants can solve.

This knowledge sustains the design and application of pilot tests, destructive tests, and non-destructive tests to drive the learning processes. The development of pilot tests is full responsibility of the participants. It requires managing the functionality of the processes that are being built.

The activity of professors is simplified using DidactiBots, based on unicist fundamentals-based AI, to guide the learning of the participants, which is triggered by the use of pilot tests, destructive tests and non-destructive tests to generate solutions.

Basically, action-reflection-action drives the learning processes of participants. These actions are in fact the previously described pilot tests. In this context, the reflection processes are sustained by self-criticism which, on the one hand, allows learning from the feedback and, on the other hand, installs a meaningful knowledge in the long-term memory of the learners.

Learn more: https://www.unicist.org/talents/unicist-in-house-corporate-universities/

Diana Belohlavek

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute (TURI) is a world leader in its segment. Since 1976, it has been specialized in complexity sciences applied to the research on the roots of evolution and its application to social, institutional, business and individual evolution.

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The Unicist Functionalist Approach to Telework

Telework is defined as the organizational process where work is done at one workspace, while the value is generated in another. That is why both in-house and home-office business processes might be organized as telework.

All organizations develop telework in some way. Between 50% and 90% of the work of a CEO, depending on the type of business, is telework.

The explosion of IT, communications, Internet, unicist logic and conceptual engineering established a new technological framework for telework that is now catalyzed by the needs of the 4th Industrial Revolution and the coronavirus crisis.

We consider that this opens the possibility of structuring telework in a way that allows managing the coronavirus crisis but also installs a counter-cycle that helps introducing the organizational adaptability fostered by the technologies of the 4th Industrial Revolution. Telework will be from now on part of most organizational cultures.

Companies Culture in Telework Processes

The development of telework requires strengthening the culture of an organization. Most people see the values of a culture in the materialistic aspects of the environment. To avoid that telework weakens the culture of an organization it is necessary to introduce a superior ethics to integrate people. If not, telework will end in an outsourcing process based on individual workers.

The following example of bestseller building is a way to sustain the culture of a publishing firm that works in a telework environment.

The use of tools that ensure that participants share the concept of an organization ensures the achievement of results and reinforces its culture. At a managerial level, the introduction of binary actions provides a superior level of functionality in business processes. It allows building a culture where people share the concepts of what is being done which drives towards full commitment. Learn more

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Efficacy in the 4th Industrial Revolution

Efficacy is needed to deal with adaptive environments. Professional efficacy is based on the existence of a personal purpose that sustains the motivation and makes the activity meaningful. This purpose provides the necessary energy to overcome the difficulties that are implicit in any adaptive behavior. This purpose is materialized through the functional intelligence to manage the activities that works as the catalyst of efficacy.

Professional Efficacy

Efficacy requires that the roles the work processes provide be meaningful. It also requires that the people have the necessary functional knowledge to assume the responsibility for results and enjoy the tasks that need to be developed.

Thus, the personal purpose is the gravitational force that sustains efficacy and the intelligence people have is the catalyst that makes efficacy possible. Efficacy is replaced by efficiency when there is no purpose or no functional intelligence to manage the environment. Efficiency implies the use of trained automated behavior to deal with work, which is functional to manage programmed work processes.

The Research

The research on efficacy became an urgent matter to define the next stage of automation, which implies increasing the level of adaptability of organizations. This research was led by Peter Belohlavek at The Unicist Research Institute.

It was based on expanding the intrinsic concept of efficacy that was researched almost 40 years ago.
https://www.unicist.net/management/the-unicist-approach-to-efficacy-in-work-processes/
This research required implementing adaptive automation with the participation of executives and professionals to find the fields where their efficacy is functional to the goals of organizations. It included the development of the necessary destructive tests to confirm that the behavior was based on conscious intelligence and not on unconscious automatisms.

You can find the new stage of business organization demanded by the introduction of adaptive automation, the use of telework and new aspects of management in the 4th Industrial Revolution at:
https://www.unicist.net/conceptual-design/enterprise-4-0/

Conclusion

Organizing the adaptability and customer orientation of businesses reinforced by the 4th Industrial Revolution requires the necessary efficacy that is functional to the characteristics of the business and that people work within the framework generated by the use of adaptive automation. It has to be considered that the efficacy of people in a specific field defines their learning capacity. The core of organizing is installing people in jobs where they have their highest level of efficacy.

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NOTE: Since 1976, The Unicist Research Institute (TURI) is a world leading research organization in its segment. https://www.unicist.org/turi.pdf

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The Functionalist Approach Uses Binary Actions

We invite you to enter the world of managing businesses using a functionalist approach that supersedes, but includes, the empirical approach and allows ensuring results. It uses binary actions, which are two synchronized actions that aim at the same purpose.

It is based on managing the triadic structure that drives any system, which is integrated by a purpose, an active function to expand and an energy conservation function to ensure results.

The functionalist approach to generate results is based on developing Unicist Binary Actions (UBA). These binary actions are synchronized actions that are natural as soon as one recognizes the purpose, the active function and the energy conservation function that drive the functionality of something.

Some examples will help to grasp the idea:

Unicist Binary Actions
  1. The active function and the energy conservation function of the intelligence of a tree drive its growth and survival.
  2. Lift and propulsion make airplanes take-off and fly.
  3. The cover and the back-cover define the functionality of the packaging of a book.
  4. The music and the lyrics of a song define its aesthetics.

The use of binary actions to manage adaptive environments is a must.

Binary Actions are a Natural Human Approach

The use of manipulation, threat and chantage are negative ways of using binary actions to obtain benefits. Here you can find a series of binary actions to generate value that are evident, which are benchmarks you might use to adopt this way of thinking and working:

  1. Learning (UBAa) + Teaching (UBAb) = Knowledge acquisition
  2. Productivity (UBAa) + Quality (UBAb) = Value generation
  3. Marketing (UBAa) + Selling (UBAb) = Generating revenue
  4. Punishment (UBAa) + Rewards (UBAb) = People management
  5. Root Causes (UBAa) + Triggering Causes (UBAb) = Solutions
  6. Efficacy (UBAa) + Efficiency (UBAb) = Effectiveness
  7. Empathy (UBAa) + Sympathy (UBAb) = Influence Building
  8. Participation (UBAa) + Power (UBAb) = Leadership
  9. Processes (UBAa) + Objects (UBAb) = Organization
  10. Desirability (UBAa) + Harmony (UBAb) = Aesthetics

To generate results, the synchronicity of binary actions requires beginning with UBAa, which are active function actions, and then developing UBAb that are energy conservation actions.

Facileness installs shortcuts by trying to avoid the cost of the active function and obtaining results by just doing the energy conservation actions. Facileness intends to transfer the costs and the responsibility for results to others.

This is evident in educational programs; teaching requires that an individual previously has the need to learn. If not s/he will just be judging the teacher and what is being taught.

Peter Belohlavek

NOTE: Since 1976, The Unicist Research Institute (TURI) is a world leading research organization in its segment

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Case study = rigid knowledge Vs. Research and application = adaptive knowledge

In higher education, a widely used methodology has been established, such as case studies. This mechanism is both a trap and a false solution, and it is that the rigidity of the proposed solution is inapplicable in the field of the unknown.

Does the solution Tesla applied give me tools to solve my current problem? Or, how did Uber approach its business strategy? Well, unless you are the CEO of Tesla or Uber, the information explored in the case is hardly replicable in the particular situations of participants in educational programs.

The approach to the field of the unknown, which is the main characteristic of complex problems, is feasible thanks to the investigative approach to root cause diagnosis proposed by the unicist logic.

Unicist logic searches through the conceptual structure of reality for the root causes that determine a specific reality and proposes a way forward to obtain solutions to complex problems.

In this way it is possible to obtain adaptive knowledge that allows us to approach a problem in a different way, increasing the probability of obtaining the desired results.

Gustavo Flamerich
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NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute (TURI) is a world leader in its segment. Since 1976, it has been specialized in complexity sciences applied to the research on the roots of evolution and its application to social, institutional, business and individual evolution.

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Pseudo-Changes to avoid Changes

The introduction of changes in organizations or social environments requires that the members can assimilate them into their preexisting habits. Changes are transformed into pseudo-changes when they cannot be assimilated.

The objective of a pseudo-change is to avoid big changes that modify the structural organization of an environment.

This purpose can be achieved using palliatives to solve problems, which allow building the necessary fallacious myths to protect the behavior of the environment, avoiding the need for introducing structural changes.

These fallacious myths can be installed due to the catharsis they trigger. This catharsis empowers the members of the environment and drives towards inaction. Catharsis is what allows using palliatives to face structural problems without needing to manage the root causes of the problems.

The use of palliatives is sustained by the building of justifications to avoid facing the responsibility for solving the structural problem and the participants feel fulfilled by the use of conjunctural solutions.

Pseudo-change is a normal behavior in conservative environments where the use of palliatives is considered a valid approach to problem solving.

Diego 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.

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Managing the Root-Causes of Business Functions

The management of the root-causes of businesses is one of the fundamentals of the Unicist Evolutionary Approach. The root causes of problems are defined by their underlying concepts and fundamentals. They allow defining what is possible to be achieved, developing the maximal and minimum strategic actions and using the necessary business objects to make it happen.

Unicist Root-Cause Management

The concepts and fundamentals that underlie business functions are the essential drivers of their functionality.

The eventual dysfunctionality of the concepts and fundamentals is the root-cause of the problems of a business function.

That is why the concept of a business function defines its structure and sustains its evolution.

The structure of the concepts of a business function, emulates the intelligence that underlies nature.

The management of the root causes of a business function requires knowing the structure of the concepts involved.

Diego 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.

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Managing Unicist Concepts

Managing the concepts of things ensures their functionality. Unicist conceptual design was developed to manage the conceptual structure of something that is being built, that defines the unicist ontological structure that defines its nature and the root causes of their functionality.

Unicist conceptual design simplifies the building of things by transforming the unified field of the processes into structured operational solutions.

It is based on the fact that the concepts people have in their mind, which are stored in their long-term memory, drive their actions.

The structure of these concepts is defined by their unicist ontology that is integrated by a purpose, an active and entropic function and an energy conservation function.

These concepts are an emulation of the ontogenetic intelligence of nature that defines the intrinsic concepts that underlie the functionality of living beings and drives their growth and the survival as a species.

Human deeds have the concepts defined by the functionality of these deeds that are cross-cultural and timeless and exist as long as the functionality exists. Although their structure does not change the operational functionality is fully environment dependent.

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.

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Managing the Fundamentals of Things

This Unicist Conceptual Management model upgrades, but includes, the preexisting traditional approach to business management. This upgrade is a paradigm shift in management that allowed managing root causes, developing the conceptual design of solutions, building maximal and minimum strategies and developing the necessary actions to produce results.

Unicist Conceptual Management

In other words,what the Unicist Conceptual Management did, was upgrading the management approach to ensure the generation of value.

Traditional management is based on technical analysis while conceptual management is based on the integration of concepts, fundamental analysis and technical analysis. Unicist concepts and fundamentals define the root causes of problems and are the root drivers of solutions.

The paradigm shift introduced by Unicist Conceptual Management is at the same time a back to basics that synthesizes the nature of business management.

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

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