Meso Classification

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Classifications: macro, meso, micro, pico
Architecture: societal architecture


What are meso-level actors?

The actors at the meso-level include industry associations, (sector) labour unions, standards organisations, science and engineering academies, and specialized public sector agencies at national and international level.

These meso-level actors (and roles) are included in the Actor Atlas:

A key characteristics of these actors is their role in structuring claims to sector assets, and the governing and consolidating access to sectoral knowledge assets such as dominant designs, product architectures, standards and regulations.

Mutual competition is not typical among meso-level actors within a particular territory. They rather contribute to a business environment that is conducive for fair competition among the sector or industry participants (for instance, the members of the sector or industry association, labour unions agreeing equal labour costs for workers in a sector).

Why they matter?

Each part of the economy, such as ground transportation, agriculture, retail or banking involves a typical portfolio of processes and assets. It consumes a range and volume of material resources [1], and it emits a unique portfolio of gases, aerosols and waste that affect the environment and the climate in different ways and on different timescales [2].

Society benefits from translating scientific and technological advances into portfolios that reduce "environmental" footprints of the various parts of the economy, while ensuring equity.

Society also benefits from ensuring sector compliance to socio-economic and environmental principles, regulations and targets.

Meso-level actors are major instruments for an efficient, cost-effective and fair dialogue between society and corporate actors. In this dialogue society is represented by its macro-level actors, and the meso-level actors represent the corporate (micro) and pico actors (individual workers). Within the various parts of the economy these corporate actors handle the bulk of the operations: competitive, yet equally constrained by rules and equally supported with the fruits of the other parts of the economy.

Case studies

The paper on VAT-compliance in ERP Systems identifies a lack of meso-level resources as a cause of increased risks at companies. Also the Workshop on Orchestrating Industrial Data address typical meso-level issues.

Meso-level Classifications

Several classifications are relevant:


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