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Untangling the USA : the cost of complexity and what can be done about it

Author: Etienne Deffarges
Publisher: Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2018.
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"Complex systems are an inevitable part of business and socio-economic structures. We reach a breaking point, however, when social and organizational structures become cumbersome, and unintelligible as well. Entire new systems need to be constructed just to manage this complexity, with questionable or negative value to society at large. The outcome is high costs, poor results, deepening social inequality, and the  Read more...
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Deffarges, Etienne.
Untangling the USA.
Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2018
(DLC) 2018003757
(OCoLC)1035214928
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Etienne Deffarges
ISBN: 9781351109772 1351109774 1351109790 9781351109796
OCLC Number: 1041109128
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Sports --
Health care --
Electricity and utilities --
Finance --
Taxation --
Laws and regulations --
A winning history of simple tools --
Technology defeats complexity --
sometimes --
How did we get here? --
Proposed solutions to improve our lives.
Responsibility: Etienne Deffarges.

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"Complex systems are an inevitable part of business and socio-economic structures. We reach a breaking point, however, when social and organizational structures become cumbersome, and unintelligible as well. Entire new systems need to be constructed just to manage this complexity, with questionable or negative value to society at large. The outcome is high costs, poor results, deepening social inequality, and the erosion of public trust. Wholesale changes must be contemplated. This is particularly true in the USA today, where complexity is piled upon complexity in a number of critical sectors, such as health care, energy, finance, and government. The author takes a common, broad-based, and analytical approach to some of the most complicated issues facing the US today. He examines the costs of complexity through a wide-angle lens, provides analysis of the root causes involved, and explains what is necessary to improve results and lower costs. The ever-increasing level of complexity in the US is compared to that in other developed economies, and also to the country's own history. These contrasting paths are used to propose alternative approaches and new solutions. Beyond analyzing how incredibly complex socio-economic systems have emerged in recent years in the US, the author steps back, reflects on the fundamental values of this country, and offers a number of actionable proposals to improve the lives of all American citizens"--

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