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Understanding complexity

Harold Jarche

But the old Latin question is apposite here: quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Human systems are complex. complexity – Y.

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.

No cookie cutters for complexity

Harold Jarche

For example, what exactly is “Advanced” Web 2.0 Complex problems require require different thinking. complexitytechnology ?

Intervening in a complex domain

Dave Snowden

Then we have three basic questions: (i) what can I change? (ii) Of those things that I can change, where can I monitor the impact of that change?

Scale and Complex Systemic Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The column addresses a fundamental question that those studying innovation have been wrestling with for years:  “Are big companies the best catalysts of innovation, or are small ones better?” There is little question that small, entrepreneurial start-ups are almost always the ones that bring to market highly disruptive innovations. 

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.  .

Some Puzzling Questions about Innovation in the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Such systems are particularly hard to understand and control because of the complexities inherent in human and organizational behaviors.

Strategy Made Simple - The 3 Core Strategy Questions

John Hagel

In increasingly turbulent and complex times, we understandably fall prey to a dangerous temptation – both as institutions and individuals. That’s why it’s more critical than ever to be able to answer this question clearly and compellingly, for ourselves and the people we want to reach. Here’s an example. So, what’s the option?

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

You cannot answer lots of the questions people will have, both inside and outside the organization.  . How will your industry change over time? 

Five Key Questions

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

In its 2010 Speech from the Throne , the Government of Ontario, Canada announced its intention to create an Ontario Online Institute (OOI) to support online learning in the province as part of the Open Ontario Plan. I was asked to provide some initial recommendations for that initiative, in the form of responses to five questions. HRSDC.

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. 

The Collapse of Complex Business Models ? Clay Shirky

Clay Shirky

The Times’ Paywall and Newsletter Economics » The Collapse of Complex Business Models. From the Q&A after, it was clear that for them, the question wasn’t whether the internet was going to alter their business, but about the mode and tempo of that alteration. That kind of question comes up a lot. Twice!)

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. That question brings me to the first line of the table of differences I published yesterday. The active mind cannot be contained. Reflections

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

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.

Questioning Pedagogy

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Thus learning (and pedagogy) as I see it is more about the development or creations of capacities (such as the capacity to learn, capacity to reason, capacity to communicate, etc) where these capacities are (again) not 'subjects' but rather complex developments of neural structures - more like 'mental muscles' than anything else.

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?

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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Visualization for Understanding

Harold Jarche

Visualization can be a very powerful tool in sharing complex knowledge. Value Network Analysis (example) by Patti Anklam.

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Learning to Apply Data Science to Business Problems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Furthermore, data science is a highly complex discipline, a veritable mashup of several different fields.

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Becoming a 21st Century Digital Tinkerer

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Recombinant innovations, remixes and mashups are all examples of creating new contexts.  . This sense of, ‘I’m building something, does it work?’

Technological Unemployment and the Future of Work

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This question has been widely discussed for years, but, - at the end of the day, - we don’t really have good answers. Not according to Autor. 

Network Era Fluency

Harold Jarche

For individuals, the core skill is critical thinking, or questioning all assumptions, including one’s own. Yes, useless.

Reflections from Stanford Nonprofit Management Institute: New Skills for a Complex World

Beth Kanter

” This post shares my notes from that session along with a reflection about my session and some resources. The New Social Economy.

The Rise of the T-Shaped Organization

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Brown offers a very good answer to these questions.  Why are these soft attributes so valued in today’s business environment? 

The Coming Robotics Revolution

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Everyday examples include speaking a language, riding a bike, driving a car, and easily recognizing many different objects and animals.  .

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. 

The Datafication of Business and Society

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Datafication is a fairly new concept associated with our recent data revolution.  They can tell you if you’re likely to get diabetes.”  .

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books in perpetual beta

Harold Jarche

It questions the status quo of how organizations are structured in order to get work done. Books Complexity Learning PKM PKM Tips.

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Why People and Companies Die While Cities Keep Growing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Prior to joining the SFI in 2003, he was the leader and founder of the high energy physics group at Los Alamos National Lab. Amazing. 

Intervention Design: Overcoming Stiff Resistance to a New, Disruptive Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This effect turns out to be even more important with complex, intangible designs.”  . This was new for us - and for me personally.  .

Create space for sense-making

Harold Jarche

The inability to understand complexity is the problem facing almost all large organizations. Complexity Everyone sounded so powerless.

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Anticipating the Future of the IT Industry

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

How can we best anticipate the future of a complex, fast changing industry like IT? Data Centers → Cloud.

The (Uneven) Digitization of the US Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Several weeks ago, the McKinsey’s Global Institute (MGI) published a report addressing these questions. Redefine customer engagement.

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In a complex society

Harold Jarche

Networks and complexity are the defining characteristics of our “work&# places today. In the network era, it’s all merging.