Department of Business Development and Technology

Rick Edgeman

Urgent Evolution: Excellence and Wicked Anthropocene Age Challenges

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We live in the Anthropocene Age or ‘age of humanity’. It is differentiated from past ages, which were defined geologically. The Anthropocene Age is referred to as such due to massive, negative impacts of human activity on both the social and ecological landscapes, on a planetary level. Well known among such impacts are increasing desertification and ocean acidity; soil, water, and air pollution and contamination that contribute to approximately 40% of all deaths worldwide annually; climate change and an increase in extreme weather evens; rising sea levels threatening highly populated coastal regions; and water and food insecurity. While these challenges have been long in the making, their emergence in recent times is often traced to the so-called great acceleration that coincides with the first testing of the atomic bomb on 16 July 1945 in the desert sands of New Mexico, USA. While we as individuals have most certainly contributed to creation of these challenges, so to have we as enterprises. Enterprises have the responsibility to address these challenges. Discussed is how this may be aided by cultivating enterprise cultures that embrace the circular economy, mixed-currency approaches, social-ecological innovation, and a view of excellence that incorporates resilience, robustness, and sustainability.

Original languageEnglish
JournalTotal Quality Management & Business Excellence (Print Edition)
Pages (from-to)469-482
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020

    Research areas

  • Anthropocene Age, biomimicry, circular economy, complexity, cultural principles, social-ecological innovation, sustainable enterprise excellence

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