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Understanding complexity

Harold Jarche

Human systems are complex. The increasing collective complexity also is manifest in the increasing specialization and diversity of professions.

simple structures for complex problems

Harold Jarche

networked culture adapts to life in perpetual beta (cooperation). The human brain is the best interface for complexity.

Corporate culture

Harold Jarche

Tweet Next month I’ll be discussing corporate culture at  Sibos in Toronto. The one complex system that I know best is my body.

Managing in Complexity

Harold Jarche

As our markets and technologies get more complex, we need new models to get work done. This can be fostered in a culture of perpetual Beta.

Build trust, embrace networks, manage complexity

Harold Jarche

We have known for quite a while that hierarchies are ineffective when things get complex. Complexity. Complexity ConnectedEnterprise

The Firm as a Large, Complex, Extended Family

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Economic Issues Education and Talent Management and Leadership Political Issues Society and Culture

Preparing Students for an Increasingly Complex Business World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Are engineering and management schools adequately preparing students for our fast-changing, highly complex business world? 

Future of work is complex, implicit and intangible

Harold Jarche

The new workplace of intangible assets is a complex environment , and one where traditional analytical methods no longer work. complexity Work

Leadership emerges from network culture

Harold Jarche

Management also shifts from measuring time to measuring results. A new culture emerges. They have to be trusted to get the work done.

Scale and Complex Systemic Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, the kind of innovation that Michael Mandel writes about in his article is a mixture of disruptive and incremental.   It favors large companies because of their ability to address complex systemic problems, manage the large-scale ecosystems that solving such problems requires, and bring their solutions to market all round the world. 

Big Data, Complex Systems and Quantum Mechanics

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

What are some of these limitations?  In thinking about this question  over the last few years, I started to notice that a number of subtle, non-intuitive concepts that I learned many years ago as a physics student seem to apply to the world of big data and information-based predictions in highly complex systems.  Let me explain.  .

If Your Enterprise Social Network Is a Ghost Town It’s Probably Due To Your Corporate Culture

Dan Pontefract

Tell me, would you describe your culture as one that is open or closed? But the real secret is hidden in an organization’s operating culture.

OMG, its culture change time

Dave Snowden

If in doubt, blame the culture seems to be a golden rule in consultancy and management alike. Culture as an “…ideational system.

On the Complex Evolution toward Mobile Digital Payments

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Let’s hope that initiatives like Apple Pay will help propel forward the complex evolution toward mobile digital payments. .

The Connected Culture

Dan Pontefract

The following diagram aims to depict what I refer to as a ‘connected culture’ in an organization. It is professional panacea. What does it mean?

How Can We Ensure that Our Complex AI Systems Do What We Want Them to Do?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

What is it that makes these systems so intrinsically complex?  What purpose does this complexity serve?  Why aren’t they simpler? 

Making sense of complexity and innovation

Harold Jarche

Friday’s Finds: Gall’s Law: A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked.

The Connected Culture

Dan Pontefract

The following diagram aims to depict what I refer to as a ‘connected culture’ in an organization. It is professional panacea. What does it mean?

Reviewing "A New Culture of Learning"

John Hagel

  My colleague and friend, John Seely Brown, has just come out with “A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change” , co-authored with Doug Thomas, a professor at the University of Southern California.    And this doesn’t even address our concerns for our children and grand-children. 

The Science of Complex Systems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

When I look back over my long, relatively eclectic career, complex systems have been a common theme in all the activities I’ve been involved in.  It started in the 1960s, when I was an undergraduate and graduate student at the University of Chicago majoring in physics, - the study of complex natural systems.  Let me explain. Amazing. 

Complex Sociotechnical Systems: the Case for a New Field of Study

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

They generally exhibit a level of complexity that is often beyond our ability to understand and control.  Complex sociotechnical systems are high-impact, difficult-to-understand, technology-intensive systems that have major societal, political and economic implications.  Sussman calls this evaluative complexity

The Tale of Two Cultures

Jay Cross

As the world grew more complex, the two groups grew further apart.” Ask yourself: is your learning  bi-cultural? Wikipedia). Picasso.

Learning in Complexity

Harold Jarche

” @webestime – “Simple rules lead to complex behavior. ” @CharlesJennings – “in a complex world, continuous learning is the only option available to us” – Globalization, Complexity & Change. Andy said that social media did not change their culture. How to whisper 2.

Diversity, complexity, chaos and working smarter

Harold Jarche

It is accepted that rapid change and the complexity of overlapping issues is the norm. But here’s the catch.  Starting with last year’s big E2.0

Technology, Media and Culture - the Best of Times or the Worst of Times?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

USC’s Annenberg Innovation Lab (AIL) was founded in 2010 to study the transformational impact of technology on culture and on the media industries. 

The evolution of culture

Dave Snowden

want to start with the culture word and I'm deliberately using lower case and linking with the idea of an evolutionary not an engineering process.

Does Your Nonprofit Organization’s Culture Eat French Fries for Breakfast?

Beth Kanter

Aliza and I are looking for examples nonprofit workplace culture that supports the self-care of individuals. Happy Healthy Nonprofit

The Complex Transition to the Age of the Cloud

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

While the skeptics’ concerns, - security, reliability, privacy, costs and others, - are quite real, the hardest part of implementing cloud strategies has little to do with technology.  It has mostly to do with governance, policies, and regulations, as well as with cultural and organizational issues.  Where are we now, almost four years later? 

Corporate Survival: Lessons from Biology

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Complex systems, whether natural, social or engineered, are composed of many parts.  What does this mean for business leaders?

Design thinking & complexity pt 2

Dave Snowden

For the moment I want to look at some of the implications for design thinking, reinterpreted through a complexity lens; shifting from a linear process to a non-linear dynamic. Its not just material objects, its also material culture which has a biological impact. The active mind cannot be contained. So what does this mean for design?

The Economic and Cultural Polarization of America

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For most of our nation’s history, whatever the inequality in wealth between the richest and poorest citizens, we maintained a cultural equality known nowhere else in the world - for whites, anyway.”  For most of its history, a major hallmark of American democracy has been the comfortable mingling of the social classes. 

Governance and Pragmatism: Moving Beyond “The Culture of No”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Checks and balances is one of the most important principles for making decisions and getting things done in a highly complex organization.  Inside IBM's Historic Turnaround ,” former IBM Chairman and CEO Lou Gerstner wrote about the bureaucratic culture that contributed greatly to the near-death experience IBM went through in the early 1990s. 

Is There a STEM Crisis or a STEM Surplus?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Their answer, as is often the case with such complex questions, is that both sides are right.   It all depends. workforce. level (e.g.,

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The Rise of the Platform Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Cloud Computing Complex Systems Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Services Innovation Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

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Design thinking & complexity pt 3

Dave Snowden

That means sending in anthropologists to look at cultural issues rather than OR consultants, or biologists to look at engineering problems.

The Importance of Empathy in Our Services-Centric, People-Oriented Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Cultural competence : Capacity to think, act and move across multiple functions, silos and global cultures.                          .

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The Collapse of Complex Business Models ? Clay Shirky

Clay Shirky

The Times’ Paywall and Newsletter Economics » The Collapse of Complex Business Models. In 1988, Joseph Tainter wrote a chilling book called The Collapse of Complex Societies. The answer he arrived at was that they hadn’t collapsed despite their cultural sophistication, they’d collapsed because of it.

Trust and the On-Demand Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Complex Systems Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Political Issues Services Innovation Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

The Rise of the T-Shaped Organization

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Five such attributes were identified in the study:  adaptability, cultural competence, 360-degree thinking, intellectual curiosity, and empathy.

Why Some Work Groups Thrive While Others Falter

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These include solving problems, comprehending complex ideas, reasoning and planing, learning quickly, adapting to new situations, and so on.