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A guide to complexity and organizations

Harold Jarche

If you know nothing about complexity, read this. complex system’s behavior is non-predictable.

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.

The Complex Nature of Cloud-based Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Only one company in six viewed cloud as a way of fostering business innovation. Cloud-based innovation is a major part of that evolution.

self-organization is the future

Harold Jarche

Central planning and hierarchical decision-making are just too slow and ineffective, especially for complex situations involving lots of people.

Disruptive Innovation Revisited

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The New Yorker described the article as “Rethinking the innovation craze.”  In the end, this is the essence of strategy and innovation

Coherence in complexity

Harold Jarche

have been discussing the potential of communities of practice in fostering innovation for some time here. This is not an “either or” idea.

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.

The Rise of the T-Shaped Organization

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The growing demand for T-shaped skills points to the rise of the  T-shaped organization.  Brown offers a very good answer to these questions. 

Build trust, embrace networks, manage complexity

Harold Jarche

But hierarchies are rather useless to create, innovate, or change. Most organizations still deal with complexity through reorganization.

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.

No cookie cutters for complexity

Harold Jarche

Some of this is due to their own difficulties in facing complexity and not having the time or energy to dig into these concepts. complexity

Managing Complex, Disruptive Innovations - Some Lessons Learned

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Over the past twenty years I have been involved in a number of initiatives dealing with disruptive innovations.  How quickly should you move? 

The Blockchain and Open Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Transformational innovations don’t always play out as originally envisioned. Once in the marketplace, they seem to acquire a life of their own.

innovation means learning at work

Harold Jarche

“So it is important to understand that there is no one-size-fits-all philosophy in terms of successful innovation. Innovation is continuous.

The MIT Inclusive Innovation Competition

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

How can we accelerate the transformation of institutions, organizations, and human skills to keep up with the quickening pace of digital innovation?

hold space for complex problems

Harold Jarche

Globalisation (think continued bubbles and crashes, a regional underclass, the world becoming urban, frugal innovation). Complexity Democracy

Re-wiring for the Complex Workplace

Harold Jarche

Complexity is the new normal. Social bonds keep us together and connections between people drive innovation. Re-wiring for complexity.

Creating More Intelligent Organizations

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

organize these collaborations and enhance them with innovative IT-based. tools and platforms.   . What do we mean by intelligence? 

Social Business – Rethinking Innovation, Organization and Leadership

Luis Suarez

How do we make them stand out and help them lead us in such a complex, global and diverse environment? for the 21st century.

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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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? 

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The article argues that we should apply design thinking to the launch of the disruptive innovation itself - a process they call intervention design. .

Social Learning, Complexity and the Enterprise

Harold Jarche

Organizations, in order to function, need to encourage social exchanges and social learning due to faster rates of business and technological changes.

The Firm as a Large, Complex, Extended Family

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

With the proper leadership, organizations can succeed by leveraging their positive feelings while keeping the more negative ones in check. 

Innovation as a Journey into the Future

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I recently read an excellent innovation report, - Strategic Orientations for Innovation: Chile in the 2025 Horizon. 

White House: Innovation in Higher Education

George Siemens

The invitation was somewhat cryptic, but basically stated that the focus on the meeting was on quality and innovation. This invite was then followed a week later with a link to a post by Ted Mitchell, Undersecretary of Education, on Innovation and Quality in Higher Education , to help prepare for the conversation. It’s their job.

Disruptive Innovations and Large Companies

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Given my long career at IBM, as well as my more recent involvement with Citi, it is not surprising that I am particularly interested in entrepreneurship and innovation in large companies.  Its lead article defined  the term as: “somebody who offers an innovative solution to a (frequently unrecognised) problem.  This makes some sense. 

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? 

Some Puzzling Questions about Innovation in the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The bulk of the innovations in the industrial economy involved physical objects, physical systems and the physical world around us. 

Market-facing Innovation Labs

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, they are being reincarnated in our 21st century information economy as market-facing innovation labs, with significantly different and broader scopes than those of the original industrial economy research labs. But, they generally exhibit a level of complexity that is often beyond our ability to understand and control. 

PKM and innovation

Harold Jarche

In the FastCoDesign article, How do you create a culture of innovation? The Seek-Sense-Share framework aligns with these innovation skills.

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How organizations can thrive in the network era

Harold Jarche

I recently covered the BetaCodex Guide to Organizing for Complexity. A new special edition paper has just been released, Turn Your Company Outside-In.

Innovation is about making connections

Harold Jarche

The network era workplace requires collaboration and cooperation because complex problems cannot be solved alone. Tweet.

Transmedia Storytelling and Collaborative Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Marketing and communications are essential when introducing a disruptive innovation in the marketplace, given the need to explain what the new initiative is all about to key constituencies including clients, analysts and reporters. The only way to satisfy their special needs is for them to do their own innovation and solve their own problems. 

The new shape of organizations?

Clark Quinn

As I read more about how to create organizations that are resilient and adaptable, there’s an interesting emergent characteristic. While I haven’t had a chance to think about it at scale, like how it would manifest in a large organization, it certainly bears some strengths. What say you? itashare. social strategy

Reflections on the Nature of Human Organizations

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For most of history, the vast majority of people lived in farms and villages, and worked in relatively small organizations.  . Furthermore, larger organizations are typically accompanied by an increase in human interactions which improve their overall creativity and potential for innovation. billion, passing from 7.0

Embracing Disruptive Innovations: Organizational Challenges

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Managing a Disruptive Innovation Initiative. There are many reasons why disruptive innovations fail in large companies. 

Innovation is not a repeatable process

Harold Jarche

Can innovation be promoted through better processes? This is how we create a culture of innovation. Innovation PKM

Big-Bang Disruptions: The Innovator’s Dilemma in the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The article was written by Larry Downes and Paul Nunes and published in the March, 2013 issue of the Harvard Business Review.  It was later expanded into a book, Big Bang Theory: Strategy in the Age of Devastating Innovation published this past January. . Nearly everything you think you know about strategy and innovation is wrong,” they note.

A Conversation on Innovation

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This is a summary of the 'expert discussion' at the conclusion of Day One of the International Monitoring Organization conference. Re: the negative side of innovation, there's a prettyconsistent assessment of innovation & technology, a pretty consistentstatement, by the youth in the occupy movement. Innovation is dynamic.