Computer-based technologies initiated irreversible changes in the contents and organization of the production process in western market economies. Industries based on economies of scale have been replaced by industries based on economies of scope organizing in a way which allows the production of small batches of widely varying products according to customer's specifications. New industries are quality- and customer-oriented and have a high conceptual component. They rely on services such as design, marketing, advertising and after-sales services, which are an increasingly important and integral part of manufacturing. The conventional division between services and manufacturing has become blurred, as a significant and growing part of the valued added in manufacturing consists of services.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a unique, experimental research work of the Union of International Associations. It is currently published as a searchable online platform with profiles of world problems, action strategies, and human values that are interlinked in novel and innovative ways. These connections are based on a range of relationships such as broader and narrower scope, aggravation, relatedness and more. By concentrating on these links and relationships, the Encyclopedia is uniquely positioned to bring focus to the complex and expansive sphere of global issues and their interconnected nature.
The initial content for the Encyclopedia was seeded from UIA’s Yearbook of International Organizations. UIA’s decades of collected data on the enormous variety of association life provided a broad initial perspective on the myriad problems of humanity. Recognizing that international associations are generally confronting world problems and developing action strategies based on particular values, the initial content was based on the descriptions, aims, titles and profiles of international associations.
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