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The policy-science nexus [Elektronisk resurs] An area for improved competence in leadership

Robèrt, Karl-Henrik (författare)
Blekinge Tekniska Högskola Sektionen för ingenjörsvetenskap (utgivare)
Alternativt namn: Sektionen för ingenjörsvetenskap, Blekinge tekniska högskola.
Alternativt namn: Engelska: Blekinge Institute of Technology School of Engineering
Alternativt namn: School of Engineering, Blekinge Institute of Technology
Alternativt namn: ING
Mary Ann Liebert Inc. 2012
Ingår i: Sustainability: The Journal of Record. - 1937-0695. ; 5:3, 165-171
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  • It is a fantastic experience to understand basic principles for worthy goals together-across disciplinary, professional, and ideological boundaries-and to realize that we need each other in order to attain those goals. Conversely, it is sobering that so few of our leaders know how to build full sustainability into their decision making, and to shape their analyses, debates, action programs, stakeholder alliances, economies, and summit meetings accordingly. That deficiency is reflected in the questions put to scientists, who are often caught in the middle of conflicting policy proposals. On such occasions, empirical facts may be presented out of context and applied as arguments for alternative solutions: for or against the rapid phase-out of fossil fuels, for or against nuclear power, etc. This results in attempts to deal with one issue at a time, often creating a new sustainability problem while "solving" another. Strategic planning toward sustainability is not something that you simply pick up as you go along, if only you are sufficiently engaged in public debate, have a certain field of expertise, or remain faithful to a certain ideology. What is needed today are decision makers who are open to learning the crucial competence of strategic planning and the language that goes with it-a language that makes multi-sectoral collaboration possible at the scale required for success. Only then can leaders make their leadership relevant, cooperate effectively across discipline and sector boundaries; and only then can they ask the relevant questions of scientists and other experts. This is not incompatible with a strong economy or with competitiveness. It is just the opposite: We are now experiencing increasing costs and lost opportunities due to lack of competence in strategic sustainable development. Such competence is not incompatible with the freedom to embrace different values and ideologies, or with the creative tensions that may arise from the confrontation of such values and ideologies with each other. On the contrary, the potential value of creative tensions increases when they are not rooted in lack of knowledge and misunderstandings. 


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GEOBASE Subject Index: competitiveness
decision making
fossil fuel
nuclear power
sustainable development
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