• books,  design thinking,  Gary

    A Dark Matter of Memory: Adding fiction novel to our repertoire

    I’ve recently published a novel, A Dark Matter of Memory.  It explores the possibility that dark matter (which is a placeholder for unknown parts of the universe) might retain patterns of history.  Not only was it a great deal of fun to write, it’s also a different way of approaching social systems design.  What possibilities can we imagine, which might then shape the work that creates them? “A Dark Matter of Memory is a love story set in a future beyond nation-states. Alfred Medupe, a young scientist from the African Region, is exploring the possibility of finding memory in dark matter. Then a tragedy makes his search more personal. Is…

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    Handbook of Systems Sciences

    The Handbook of Systems Sciences in nearing completion.  It is published by Springer in their reference series.  The book consists of 49 chapters covering a range of theories and applications related to systems, cybernetics and complexity.  The online / living edition can be found here , where individual chapters can be purchased and downloaded.  The print version will be available by July 2021.    Pre-orders can be made for printed copies here.

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    Dr. Teresa Daniel Authors New Book on Toxin Handlers in the Workplace: Sullivan University

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Sullivan University Dean and Professor Dr. Teresa Daniel, a leading expert on the management of human capital, has written a timely and unique book titled Organizational Toxin Handlers: The Critical Role of HR, OD, and Coaching Practitioners in Managing Toxic Workplaces Situations. The book examines HR’s role in helping employees deal with toxic workplace emotions that are caused by difficult organizational decisions and situations. The numerous return to work issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic are a prime example of the types of issues causing stress to both employees and their organizations. HR practitioners have never been more relevant or more in demand. The book is being…

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    Social Systems and Design (Springer Verlag, 2014) by Gary Metcalf

    In the opening chapter of his edited volume, Social Systems and Design, out from Springer in 2014, Gary Metcalf asks if it is possible to establish ethical “first principles” for the design of social systems. Inspired by his mentor, Bela Banathy (a giant of the systems field), and pondering the potential levels of influence we might actually have over the evolutionary development of the social systems in which we are all embedded, Metcalf provocatively asks what sorts of goals should we set for ourselves and what sorts of means should we use to achieve them. Book homepage (Individual chapters can be purchased) Read the book review

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    Gary Metcalf: Publications, Research

    PUBLICATIONS Books Metcalf, G., Kijima, K. & Deguchi, H. (Eds.) Handbook of systems sciences. Tokyo, Springer. (Forthcoming 2021). Daniel, T. A. & Metcalf, G. S. (2016). Stop Bullying at Work: Strategies and Tools for HR, Legal, & Risk Management Professionals. Alexandria, VA: SHRM Books. Metcalf, G. S. (Ed.), (2014). Social Systems and Design, Translational Systems Sciences 1. Tokyo: Springer. DOI 10.1007/978-4-431-54478-4_1. Daniel, T. A. and Metcalf, G. S. (2001). The Management of People in Mergers & Acquisitions. Westport, CT: Quorum Books. Articles, Chapters and Papers Metcalf, G. S. (2020). The complexity of climate change and the need for policies of resilience. Paper accepted for the 4th International Conference on Complexity…

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    Teresa Daniel, Gary Metcalf: Books

    Books A Dark Matter of Memory, Amazon Publications, June 2, 2021 by Dr. Gary Metcalf A Dark Matter of Memory is a love story set in a future beyond nation-states. Alfred Medupe, a young scientist from the African Region, is exploring the possibility of finding memory in dark matter. Then a tragedy makes his search more personal. Is it possible that what happens in life leaves imprints in the universe that can be found again? What could that mean for humans living beyond just here and now? The potential of the research catches the interest of powerful people, who would like to use it for their own purposes. It sends…

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    Teresa Daniel: Academic Research

    Managing Toxic Emotions at Work: An Empirical Study of HR’s Role and its Impact on Personal Well-Being and Organizational Effectiveness: an empirical, qualitative study designed to better understand the role of HR practitioners in dealing with organizational tension and toxic emotions and the impact that assuming this role has on their personal well-being and their organization (Research was approved for funding by Sullivan University in December 2017). The study resulted in the development of a new grounded theory and conceptual model which suggested that a central aspect of the HR practitioner’s role is to act as an organizational toxin handler. This study also confirmed the five core actions of a…