The Transformation and Innovation Series

ISBN 13: 9781472434753

The Transformation and Innovation Series

9781472434753: The Transformation and Innovation Series

The Transformation and Innovation Series set brings together six of the core texts by Ronnie Lessem and Alexander Schieffer. It comprises of the following volumes: Integral Research and Innovation by Ronnie Lessem and Alexander Schieffer (ISBN 9780566089183); Transformation Management by Ronnie Lessem and Alexander Schieffer (ISBN 9780566088964); Integral Economics by Ronnie Lessem and Alexander Schieffer (ISBN 9780566092473); Integral Community by Ronnie Lessem, Paul Chidara Muchineripi and Steve Kada (ISBN 9781409446798); Integral Development by Alexander Schieffer and Ronnie Lessem (ISBN 9781409423539) and Integral Dynamics by Ronnie Lessem with Alexander Schieffer, Junie T. Tong and Samuel D. Rima (ISBN 9781409451037).

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Professor Ronnie Lessem is a graduate of Harvard Business School and the London School of Economics. He has been an adjunct professor at IMD, Lausanne and is now Director of the Trans-cultural Centre and programmes at the University of Buckingham, UK. Ronnie Lessem was the managing director of a clothing business in South Africa and he has acted as a consultant and adviser on organisational learning, knowledge creation and cross-cultural management to international companies such as the Anglian Water Group in the UK. He is currently working with Virgin Group companies. Professor Lessem has written over twenty books on subjects including organisational development, change and transformation. Dr Alexander Schieffer studied economics, business administration, law and social sciences at the University of St Gallen in Switzerland. He also gained a Doctorate in Leadership at St Gallen. Dr Schieffer is a member of the Society for Organisational Learning and the World Business Academy. He has published a variety of articles and books in the last ten years. Both authors run doctoral programmes at Bethel University, USA , and Buckingham University, UK on Social and Economic Innovation, and are currently designing curricula for sustainable business and economics at Sekem's Heliopolis University in Egypt. They are co-founders of the Geneva-based TRANS4M Four World Center for Social Innovation.


Endorsements for Integral Research and Innovation: '...this remarkable book on 'Research Methodology' which is responsive to all relevant stakeholders. Researchers from the North, the South, the East and the West are now able to draw on their own roots to turn social research into social innovation. A major achievement!' - Martin Hilb, Managing Director, Institute for Leadership and Human Resource Management, Switzerland 'This is a unique book since it blends social transformation with business and culture...It is about re-thinking, grounding and framing research to new domains. In an era of global challenges from poverty to climate change, this book offers new notions for enabling and harnessing research to transform organizations and societies.' - Prof. Odeh Al Jayyousi, Regional Director Middle East, IUCN The World Conservation Union, Geneva 'A readable and rigorous book, which is characterised by comprehensiveness, insights, structure and clarity; and which is aided by informative executive summaries, figures and illustrations... It is a timely and pioneering book ...I strongly believe that the book's provocative, grounded and convincing arguments will extend the horizons of prevailing research thoughts and practices and would leave a positive impact on social and management research scholarships and students.' - Adel Rasheed, Professor of Management, Yarmouk University, Jordan '...a bold new way of framing transformation processes that crosses the boundaries of several disciplines...Their way of generating innovation provides a valuable road map that enables change agents to creatively synthesize local identities and global context.' - Prof. Dr Raoul C. D. Nacamulli Universita di Milano-Bicocca, Italy '...superbly balanced research methodologies for both master and doctoral students focusing on social innovation and on social and economic transformation...' - Kensei Hiwaki, Professor of International Economics, Tokyo International University 'I am convinced that this book, and the integral approach to research it advocates, has the potential to advance much needed social innovation in response to the many perplexing problems facing humanity in the 21st Century and beyond.' - Dr Samuel D. Rima, Director, Doctor of Ministry Program, Bethel University, USA 'Integral Research broadens horizons by demonstrating that there are not just different research techniques out there, but entire research traditions from different corners of the world. One of its ground-breaking contributions is to illuminate each tradition and to show how each one can be a well-founded and reliable path to social innovation.' - Dr Alim Khan, Knowledge Officer, World Health Organisation, Geneva 'How can the corporate world liaise business goals with societal objectives? How can government and academia work together to evolve from social philosophy to social impact? How can society embrace culture and innovation? This book impressively charts a path from theory to application, from global to local, and finally indicates how we can tap into the forces of globalization through Integral Research.' - Reza Moussavian, Coordinator Social Innovation Group, Detecon International, Germany - Middle East - Africa '...While the novel approach taken in this book may render it difficult for some readers, the generosity of the authors in illustrating their thoughts and discoveries to a large extent solve this problem and make the learning journey a joyful experience. Integral Research and Innovation is a must-to-read book for social scientists, students and practitioners who want to "become innovators in the social and economic arena to transform enterprise and society.' Maryam Nazari, Online Information Review Endorsements for Transformation Management: 'In these troubled times it takes Lessem and Schieffer and just a handful of others to remind us that sustainable wealth can only be created by generating wealth for other people. Hooked as we are on own speculative self-interests, we ignore the challenges of transforming our own systems. It is time to pay heed to those showing us how wealth arises from voluntary reciprocity, as opposed to unilateral manipulation of assets.' - Prof. Charles Hampden-Turner, School of Engineering, Cambridge University, UK '...draws from the very best examples from the past, recognises the realities of today and seeks to develop innovative solutions for the future. It is welcomed by the International Business Leaders Forum which itself is committed to leadership transformation.' Adam Leach, Chief Executive, International Business Leaders Forum, UK '...With their book, Lessem and Schieffer present everyone with the opportunity to understand and perform a transformation of their business model. "Transformation Management" is therefore an outstanding piece in today's management literature.' - Dr Ibrahim Abouleish, Founder & President of Sekem Group, Egypt, Recipient of the "Right Livelihood Award" (Alternative Nobel Prize) 'Transformation Management is one of those rare management approaches that builds on the culture of particular worlds, enabling politicians, businessmen and civic activists, to build integral institutions upon our own local soils, while taking account of the wisdom of others.' - Mfuniselwa J. Bhengu Esq., Member of South African Parliament, Author of "Ubuntu: The Essence of Democracy"and "Ubuntu: A Global Philosophy for Humankind" 'Over the past two decades China has transformed from a command economy to a socialist market economy with many social, economic and environmental challenges to be addressed and overcome. Looking ahead, the world's economic landscape will be very different than it is now and there is an urgent need to seek innovative solutions to the world's burning issues. Transformation Management makes an important contribution to the thinking that will be a necessary foundation for new approaches to the role of business in society. - Prof. Dong Keyong, Dean of the School of Public Administration, The Renmin University of China. 'This book and the "Transformation and Innovation" series as a whole represent a logical development of the globalisation genre of books, many of which have been reviewed here. Now that the process of globalisation and the marketing potential it offers have been pretty well documented, it is only natural that analysis should move to deeper, more subtle, issues. This volume, and the series generally, are excellent examples of this change in emphasis, and as such they represent a valuable extension of the globalisation literature.' Economic Outlook and Business Review Endorsements for Integral Economics: 'fascinating and inspiring overview of past and present alternative economic models.' - Jakob von Uexkull, Sweden, Founder of the World Future Council and the Right Livelihood Award (Alternative Nobel Prize) 'The extraordinary research Lessem and Schieffer have done is delivering the theory to one of the most important socio-economical truths. It is a lighthouse for people from all walks of life.' - Dr. Ibrahim Abouleish, Egypt, Chairman of SEKEM Group; Founder of Heliopolis University for Sustainable Development; Winner Right Livelihood Award (Alternative Nobel Prize 2003) 'After reading this book, its contention that economic systems must build on local strengths seems self-evident and logical; but this just goes to show the genius of its authors since before reading it, such a bold, just and sensible economic premise was beyond the realm of possibility. Do read it and be inspired!' - Hafsat Abiola, Nigeria, Human rights, civil rights and democracy activist, founder of the Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND) 'Integral Economics shows a way to revitalize the moral core of economics. It is for this very reason, that I recommend this book to everyone participating in the necessary task of renewing economics from the inside out, in theory and practice.' - H.E. Hala Bsaiso Lattouf, Jordan, Minister for Social Development, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan 'While conventional economic theory and practice succeeded in keeping the majority of humankind in an impoverished and powerless state, a less recognized economic theory and practice which is an integral part of a living philosophy of the oppressed helped them to survive on this planet. Ronnie Lessem and Alexander Schieffer have to be commended for probing into and significantly evolving this unexplored field of Integral Economics, which is an area dreaded by most in their profession to enter.' - Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne, Sri Lanka, Founder of the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement of Sri Lanka (one of the world's most successful community economic development initiatives). 'I congratulate Ronnie Lessem and Alexander Schieffer for their excellent insightful book' - Swami Agnivesh, India, President, World Council of Arya Samaj; Member, International Peace Council; Winner Right Livelihood Award (Alternative Nobel Price 2004) 'The dominant model of economic thinking has become the biggest threat to the planet's health and human well being and survival. 'Integral Economics' integrates economics with the earth, with society and community, with life's processes and our creativity. After the wall street collapse it is time to look for a new paradigm. ' Integral Economics' provides the framework for the paradigm shift we need.' - Dr. Vandana Shiva, India, Philosopher, environmental activist, eco feminist and author "Integral Economics is unique in that it acknowledges the economic contribution, in theory and practice, of Africa, the Middle East and Asia, as well as Europe and America, while highlighting the role played by such social and economic enterprises as Grameen in Bangladesh, Sekem in Egypt, and Sarvodaya in Sri Lanka not only in alleviating poverty, but also in promoting a dynamic balance between different worlds. Mohammad Sahnoun, Algeria Founder and Chair of the Caux Forum for Human Security; former President, CAUX Initiatives for Changes; former special Envoy of the UN Secretary General and the Organization for African Unity for the Great Lakes Region in Africa 'the lives of Chidara, Steve and Ronnie indeed accentuates that the transition from exegenous foundations to indigenous origination demonstrates that there is more to each than meets the familiar eye. The Da Vinci Institute is honoured to be included as a participant of this journey of self reflection and discovery.' - Professor Bennie Anderson, CEO of Da Vinci Endorsements for Integral Community: 'Lessem, Muchineripi, and Kada's rereading of economic and social relations is fascinating and challenging because its perspective is so deeply rooted in Southern African soil. The book is a wonderful combination of personal reflection, concrete analysis, and theoretical elaboration.' Michael Hardt, co-author of Empire, Multitude, and Commonwealth 'the lives of Chidara, Steve and Ronnie indeed accentuates that the transition from exogenous foundations to indigenous origination demonstrates that there is more to each than meets the familiar eye. The Da Vinci Institute is honoured to be included as a participant of this journey of self-reflection and discovery.' Professor Bennie Anderson, CEO of Da Vinci 'Although they followed different career paths in their academic and work experiences, the deep African upbringing of Chidara, Ronnie and Steve, combine well to bring out the importance of culture on the business perspective of Southern Africa and indeed the rest of the world. The trio's experience from childhood to the present brings to the fore the importance of transformational leadership in rebuilding Zimbabwe's economy on a sustainable basis through the adoption of policies deeply rooted in the soil. The link between nature, community and spirituality serves as a strong foundation for the creation of a new world economic order in which the interests of the individual and society are reconciled for the benefit of the latter. This book is imperative for both students of business and business leaders who seek an alternative to resolve societal issues where conventional philosophies have fallen short.' Kennedy Mandevani, Managing Director, Dunlop Group, Zimbabwe Endorsements for Integral Development: 'A tour de force in relation to the notion of social innovation, the authors take us through an energizing new understanding of development. The task is irresistible. The review is far-reaching. The proposals are inspirational. A must-read.' Pilar Alvarez-Laso, Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO, France 'Integral Development contains a unique fusion of personal, organisational and societal development. It clearly shows the next evolutionary step for corporate enterprise, taking it beyond Corporate Social Responsibility. Integral Development is hugely relevant for anyone concerned with identifying the future role of business in society.' Birgit Klesper, Senior Vice President, Group Transformational Change & Corporate Responsibility, Deutsche Telekom Group, Germany 'Integral Development by Alexander Schieffer and Ronnie Lessem offers a wonderful opportunity for us to understand the past, the present and the future of development. We often think about development as "economic development". Development indeed cannot be dissociated from our human and civilisational evolution. The authors use the term "integral development" and offer theoretical frameworks and comparative analysis that help us understand what development really means at this important historical junction. It helps us see the choices we have ahead of us. As a social entrepreneur and innovator, I found the book extremely useful and inspiring. I would define it as a road map. It helps strengthen one's vision in order to better contextualize actions. The book is very well written and I recommend it for anyone interested in contributing to our balanced and peaceful co-evolution as humanity.' Thais Corral, Social Entrepreneur and Innovator , Founder of Network of Human Development and of the social enterprise SINAL do VALE, Brazil 'With Integral Development, Schieffer and Lessem have built a much-needed bridge between individual, organisational and societal development. Organisational developers and transformation agents from all sectors of society will find in this book the knowledge and processes to respond holistically to the multiple crises we face today. It will show them how they can construct creatively on the particular contribution that each context and culture has to make. This eminent work is compulsory reading for everybody engaged in constructive societal change.' Martin Hilb, Professor and Director , Institute for Leadership and Human Resource Management, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland Endorsements for Integral Dynamics: 'Our quest for a more sustainable world demands a fundamental re-orientation of higher education. Many valuable books have been published critiquing universities for becoming partners in economic globalization and enabling graduates to accelerate unsustainability. This book takes the crucial next step by offering a compelling and feasible alternative based on connectedness, boundary-crossing, integrative thinking, co-creation and collaborative action. Required reading for anyone interested in creating the university for the future with people, planet and prosperity in mind.' Arjen Wals, Professor and UNESCO Chair in Social Learning and Sustainable Development and E...

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