Social Stability: The Challenge of Technology Development - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080439617, 9780080913339

Social Stability: The Challenge of Technology Development

1st Edition

Authors: Peter Kopacek
Paperback ISBN: 9780080439617
eBook ISBN: 9780080913339
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 26th April 2002
Page Count: 124
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Table of Contents

Survey Paper. Whistleblowers - heroes or traitors?: Individual and collective responsibility for ethical behaviour (M.A. Hersh).

Invited Plenary Paper. The fundamentals of modern civilization consequences and remedies (M. Mansour).

Managing the Introduction of Technological Change. Providing and R&D capability for small-medium sized firms in europe: towards a unified model of technology deployment, innovation and organisational learning (L. Stapleton et al.). Technology transfer to developing countries and technological development for social stability: Part 1 (A.T. Dinibutun, G.M. Dimirovski). Techniques of planning sets of measures for preventing and overcoming reasons and consequences of emergency situations (V.V. Kul'ba et al.).

Technology Transfer and Social Change. Applying world water assessment to conflict resolution: 'managing' nature to ease political strain (J.G. Richardson). Insights into future international social stability (F. Kile). New technologies impacts on development of society. environment, roles and actors (A. Makarenko). Some aspects of technology transfer - a case study (A. Izworski et al.).

Social and Ethical Aspects of Technology Transfer. Technology change, technology transfer and ethics: Part 1 (M.A. Hersh). Computerization of metallurgical production as the means for solution of the energy-saving and ecological safety tasks (S.A. Vlasov et al.).

Technology and Environmental Stability. A Socially appropriate approach for managing technological change (M. Jancev, J. Cernetic).

Economic recovery through electronic mode 2 knowledge production (L. Stapleton et al.). Stability of socioeconomic systems: scenario investigation methodology (D.A. Kononov et al.). Humanitarian demining for international stability (P. Kopacek).

Various. Learning to learn within dynamic multinational environments: a new model (T. O'Keeffe). Cognitive analysis and situation modelling (V. Maximov). Aspects of decision making (R. Genser). Technological change and performance of optimal economic policy: some results for Austria (G. Haber). Author Index.


This Proceedings contains the papers presented at the eighth in IFAC's conference series on Supplementary Ways for Improving International Stability. This conference, entitled "Social Stability: The Challenge of Technology Development", was held in Vienna, Austria, on 27-29 September 2001.

The papers included in this Proceedings volume cover a very broad field of interest, and include topics such as social aspects of technology transfer, managing the introduction of technological change, ethical aspects, technology and environmental stability and anticipating secondary and tertiary effects of technological development.

Technological development has caused profound changes to social stability. Regions that had stable populations for centuries have experienced enormous population growth, leading to the formation of sometimes unmanageable megaplex cities, as well as bringing about macroscopic environmental change. The papers in this Proceedings offer insights into ways to mitigate the unwanted side-effects of rapid development, and methodologies for appropriate ways of managing the introduction of technologies which will alter social stability.

This conference was dedicated to Professor Harold Chestnut, the first president of IFAC, who died in August 2001. Professor Chestnut was among the pioneers of social stability ideas within IFAC and formed the technical committee which organises this conference series.


for researchers and developers involved in all aspects of social stability.


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Vienna University of Technology, IHRT, Favoritenstrasse, Vienna, Austria