L. V. Bertalanffy's scientific contributions

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... Diverse examples include dyke building against the intruding sea or behavioral advocacy against dominant values or incentives. While highly undesirable system features such as nepotism, corruption, social exploitation, or pollution might need to be directly addressed, system theory suggests that it is more effective to work with and not against system dynamics (Bertalanffy, 1949;Checkland, 1984). The pursuit of desirable social, biogeophysical, and social-ecological outcomes is thus likely to be more successful if strategies are adopted that rely on working with (rather than against) strategically selected prevalent system dynamics. ...