31 Pages Posted: 2 Sep 2015 Last revised: 29 May 2020

Date Written: May 5, 2020


This is an introduction to Connectalism: a new paradigm for analyzing human choice. Connectalism is rooted in systems thinking and humanistic psychology. It melds together ancient and modern wisdoms about humans’ awareness of their interconnectedness within the networks they belong to (e.g. the Biosphere). Basic motivation for the concept and postulates are introduced, with implications for the Sustainability debate. The key analytical tool to operationalize the examination of decision frameworks is Functional Dependency Network Analysis (Garvey & Pinto, 2009). We then work through a simple application of this approach to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Keywords: Connectedness, Maslow, Networks, Graph Theory, Functional Dependency Network Analysis, Sustainability, COVID-19

JEL Classification: D00, D60, D70

Suggested Citation

Faugère, Christophe, Connectalism (May 5, 2020). Available at SSRN: or

Christophe Faugère (Contact Author)

Kedge Business School Bordeaux ( email )

680 Cours de la Liberation
Bordeaux, Aquitaine 33405

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