Technological perspectives in a changing world

The report is the text of a talk given to students at the Australian administrative staff college. Its primary purpose is to discuss the technological aspects of change, as they impinge on the interests of current and future managers. It does this by discussing the laws of science and then proceeds to an examination of Darwin's principle of the survival of the fittest as a major scientific descriptor of change. It is argued that change is inevitable but likely to be resisted by the establishment of the time. Change makers are examined and seen to be exceptional, irrepressible people. The over acceptance of change and an associated commitment to inevitable growth are seen to be as undesirable as resistance to change. It is argued that change is discontinuous rather than smooth and gradual. A major barrier to acceptance of change is seen to be our perceptions of scale, which are conventionally related to human dimensions. An important current change occurring in the world is seen to be in microelectronics and its influence is briefly discussed. (A)

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    Melbourne, Victoria  Australia 
  • Authors:
    • Lay, M G
  • Publication Date: 1979


  • English

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  • Pagination: 13P
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    • Issue Number: AIR 000-117

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  • Accession Number: 01439719
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2012 10:29PM