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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.

Culture or Cultures?

Clark Quinn

The first is that the cultural values may be interpreted differently. The second is that people may comply with the culture even if they don’t agree with it. There is a clear value proposition about having a culture that supports innovation, and identifiable components. Cultures are developed and do change. support.

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.

The Complex Nature of Cloud-based Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

By now, most will agree that  cloud computing is a major transformational force in the world of IT. But, cloud has not the easiest concept to grasp.

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. 

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

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

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.

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

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?

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.  .

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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

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?

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?  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.

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.  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 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?

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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. 

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 Fourth Industrial Revolution - Risks and Benefits

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Artificial intelligences and robotics stood out, getting the highest risk scores, as well as one of the highest benefits scores.

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Is Design Thinking the “New Liberal Arts”?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Complex Systems Education and Talent Innovation Management and Leadership Society and Culture Technology and StrategyLet me explain.

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.

The Evolution of the Firm

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Among the key such other factors is the ability to address complex technical and management problems.  

The Future of the Globally Integrated Enterprise

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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

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.  But, after a while, those feelings began to subside.

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

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, it’s a highly complex and interesting subject.  I found the report very helpful in helping me better understand it.  Let What is identity?