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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

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

Culture or Cultures?

Clark Quinn

A twitter pointer led me to an HBR article arguing that We’re Thinking about Organizational Culture all Wrong. In it, the author argues that it’s fallacious to think that there’s just one organizational culture, , and that all people buy into it. The first is that the cultural values may be interpreted differently.

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.

The Complex Nature of Cloud-based Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Some of the reasons are organizational and cultural. But, cloud has not the easiest concept to grasp. I agree with these points. Scienti?c

Scale and Complex Systemic Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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. But, it is not enough to be large for a company to succeed at complex systemic innovation. So, which is it? markets.”

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

The Firm as a Large, Complex, Extended Family

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A firms is best viewed as a kind-of rather large and highly complex family. The job of very clever people is to ask deceptively simple ones.

Leadership emerges from network culture

Harold Jarche

A new culture emerges. Culture is an emergent property of people working together. They have to be trusted to get the work done.

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?

hold space for complex problems

Harold Jarche

Energy resources (think rising energy prices, environmental catastrophes displacing people, a culture of sustainability emerging).”

The Connected Culture

Dan Pontefract

A ‘ connected culture ’ is one that simultaneously drives organizational clarity with precarious innovation. It is professional panacea.

Big Data, Complex Systems and Quantum Mechanics

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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. Big Data is one of the hottest topics out there. Let me explain.

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. .

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.

The Connected Culture

Dan Pontefract

A ‘ connected culture ’ is one that simultaneously drives organizational clarity with precarious innovation. It is professional panacea.

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.

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? Complexity of AI software. “We

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.

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

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 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.

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. Not only do they have to deal with the complexities associated with large scale hardware and software infrastructures, but with the even more complex issues involved in human and organizational behaviors. .

The Complex Transition to the Age of the Cloud

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It has mostly to do with governance, policies, and regulations, as well as with cultural and organizational issues. Cloud computing is a highly complex initiative - at the technical, business and organizational levels. In June of 2008 I participated in a conference on cloud computing. Where are we now, almost four years later?

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.

Corporate Survival: Lessons from Biology

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Let’s take a closer look at the nature of complex adaptive systems. Why are these systems so complex? But, there are trade-offs.

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

Beth Kanter

You need to understand whether your organization’s culture is one where happy, healthy can thrive or will be ignored, or even worse ridiculed.

The evolution of culture

Dave Snowden

The latest example claims originality is discovering that unwritten rules and practices are domain in culture. Actions speak louder that words.

Is Design Thinking the “New Liberal Arts”?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It’s “a framework for thinking about complex, multidisciplinary problems that applies to just about anything. Let me explain.

The Evolution of the Firm

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Among the key such other factors is the ability to address complex technical and management problems. High-tech companies emerged from nowhere.

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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 Evolution of My Complex Relationship with Blogging

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The contrast Franzen drew between liking versus loving someone or something proved helpful as I was probing into the complex relationship with my blog, especially as it evolved from the puppy love infatuation stage of the first year to the passion bordering on obsession of the later years. I posted my first blog on May 16, 2005.

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.

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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Digital Identity - the Key to Privacy and Security in the Digital World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, it’s a highly complex and interesting subject. But, the transition to a digital economy requires radically different identity systems.

The Growing Importance of Storytelling in the Business World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

While storytelling is mostly associated with entertainment, education and culture, it also plays a major role in business.

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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