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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.

Leadership by Example

Harold Jarche

Here are two examples. As can be seen by Dr. Brant’s second example, with modelling, the learner is progressively supported. Leadership

Coherence in complexity

Harold Jarche

Complexity, driven by global networked communications, is the main factor. complexity InternetTime SocialBusiness

Organize for Complexity

Harold Jarche

” Well I think Niels has answered much of that question himself, in his recent book Organize for Complexity.

Managing in Complexity

Harold Jarche

As our markets and technologies get more complex, we need new models to get work done. Complex problems cannot be solved alone.

Complex or Chaotic?

Dave Snowden

The distinction between complexity and chaos theory can be problematic depending on who you are talking with, or what you are reading.

Exception handling is complex work

Harold Jarche

Complex, new problems need tacit knowledge to solve them. Exception-handling is complexity WirearchyOrganizations do this all the time.

Complex Systems and the “Rashomon Effect”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This is an example of a subjective, knowledge-based reality.  . The movie is famous for its novel plot device.  where he wrote:  .

Intervening in a complex domain

Dave Snowden

Underneath this of course we have some principles, namely that you cannot determine the outcome in a complex system. How tight is the coupling?

Re-wiring for the Complex Workplace

Harold Jarche

Complexity is the new normal. Re-wiring for complexity. Organizations need to understand complexity instead of adding more complication.

Organizing for diversity and complexity

Harold Jarche

It comes down to the fact that what we know and do inside our organizations is insufficient to address external complexity or to be innovative.

Future of work is complex, implicit and intangible

Harold Jarche

recent example of an intangible asset calculation is Mary Adams’ summary of Twitter’s valuation. complexity Work

Social Learning, Complexity and the Enterprise

Harold Jarche

Our relationship with knowledge is changing as our work becomes more intangible and complex. Complexity: the new normal. Social learning.

Design thinking & complexity pt 1

Dave Snowden

Most of the examples I see at conferences are also products so that may be generic to the approach it needs something concrete to deal with.

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. 

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? 

Design Principles for Complex, Unpredictable, People Oriented Systems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

An IBM Global CEO Study conducted in 2010 concluded that complexity was the primary challenge emerging out of its conversations with 1,500 CEOs and senior government officials.  CEOs told us they operate in a world that is substantially more volatile, uncertain and complex.  They generally involve a relatively linear set of steps. 

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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.  .

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. .

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? 

Managing Complex, Disruptive Innovations - Some Lessons Learned

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For example, customer self-service turned out to be the killer-app of the early days of the Web.  How will your industry change over time? 

Complexity and Public Administration

Dave Snowden

So what is applying complexity thinking to public policy really all about? This blog is being posted on behalf of Thomas Townsend.

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

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. In a very important sense, then, from the perspective of material engagement, cognition has no location. The active mind cannot be contained. Reflections

The complex motivations for self-harm

Mind Hacks

The reality is that motivations for self-harming are complex. For example, “I still cut myself. Magic substitutions. Auto-relatedness.

Design thinking & complexity pt 3

Dave Snowden

The picture here shows one classic example, the development of feathers for sexual display and warmth that exapts to flight. Reflections

Next Generation Evaluation: Embracing Complexity, Connectivity, and Change

Beth Kanter

” So, I’m very curious about what is next the generation of evaluation? Technology! Conferences Measurement

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. At this point, any additional complexity is pure cost. Why didn’t these societies just re-tool in less complex ways? Clay Shirky.

This complex and tragic event supports my own view

Mind Hacks

want to give you some examples of how ignoring my prejudices directly led to the mass shooting. The cause was simple. Nonsense

Living with Complexity

Clark Quinn

His latest, Living with Complexity , is not as landmark a book as that, but it has some very astute thinking to present. Complexity at the front end offers powerful choice at the tradeoff of comprehensibility, which we often want. And he makes a strong point that it’s now about services. Recommended for the advanced designer.

Protect your head – the world is complex

Mind Hacks

For example, sailors wearing life jackets may try more risky maneuvers as they feel ‘safer’ if they get into trouble.

Complexity in Government

Dave Snowden

To see a whole government start to shift towards complexity theory as a new paradigm of government is mist encouraging. Complexity theory is not a universal all embracing management fad, its a way to understand the boundaries if applicability (the Cynefin framework focuses on that) and also an approach to un-ordered and ambiguous situations.

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?

we are the media

Harold Jarche

For example, print-based media now operate at electric speed increasing the urge to feel immediate outrage for events not directly connected to us.

adapting to perpetual beta

Harold Jarche

Chaos, Complexity, Complication. Complex environments are not chaotic but they cannot be completely understood in advance.

cooperation for the network era

Harold Jarche

For example, Jérôme Delacroix also sees cooperation as the suitable term for what we do in networks [in French]. Here is an example from nature.

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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intangible value

Harold Jarche

Examples might be offering to provide political support to someone. Complexity NetworkedLearningSource: Ocean Tomo.