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Social Affinity Flow Theory (SAFT) and New Insights into the Systems Archetypes of Escalation and Tragedy of the Commons

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Gourdine, Christopher; Morrison, William
Journal: Journal of Behavioral and Applied Management
Volume: 23
Page(s): 60-73
Date: 2023
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/10912
Sector: Theory
Region: North America
Subject(s): Management
Social Capital
Tragedy of the Commons
Common Good
Abstract: "Social Affinity Flow Theory (SAFT) is a new theoretical framework based upon Constructal Law (Bejan & Zane, 2012) and explains how this law uniquely operates within human social systems, whether within small groups, non-profits, multinational corporations, or societies. We investigate the relationship between SAFT, systems thinking, and the two archetypes of Tragedy of the Commons and Escalation, two frameworks that have proven useful to leaders and decision-makers. SAFT expands the applicability of the two archetypes and uncovers new insights with implications for multiple domains of human activity, including the practice of management."

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