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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.

Build trust, embrace networks, manage complexity

Harold Jarche

We have known for quite a while that hierarchies are ineffective when things get complex. Complexity. Complexity ConnectedEnterprise

Serving Experience As The Product

Adaptive Path

The experience is the product. Whether we talk about greeting cards, mobile apps, or vacation get-aways, the experience is the product.

No cookie cutters for complexity

Harold Jarche

have noted in the past year clients wanting more products and fewer customized services. Complex problems require require different thinking.

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.

How Playing Games at Work Can Help Boost Your Productivity

Luis Suarez

But what happens *if*  playing games actually makes you *more* productive? In fact, they shouldn’t at all! Like Angry Birds.

The Complex Nature of Cloud-based Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Incremental investments in productivity don’t drive growth. But, cloud has not the easiest concept to grasp. agree with these points. Scienti?c

Scale and Complex Systemic Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

They are highly motivated to bring to market new products which offer significantly improved designs and/or lower costs, and thus gain competitive advantage and market share from the established leaders in their segment of the market.  Mandel summarizes the economic research evidence in two words: It depends. markets.”

From Mass Production to Mass Individualism

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, digital technologies and lots of information have been eroding the power of large-scale mass production.  First is middle-class stagnation. 

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.

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

A complex look at task assignments

Clark Quinn

If it’s a complex artefact (such as a product design, not just a presentation), there could be several revisions.

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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Cloud, Services and the Transformation of Production

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

What do we mean by the production of services ?  Production includes both manufacturing and ICT-enabled services. 

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? 

On the Complex Evolution toward Mobile Digital Payments

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

New-market disruptions are new products or services which can reach brand new customers whose needs were previously unserved by existing offerings.  .

9 Ways To Increase Your Productivity While Working From Home

Luis Suarez

IBM Knowledge Tools Learning Personal KM Productivity Tools Social ComputingHowever, it * does* work! And I’m loving it! Priceless! Grrr).

Learning is the main driver for productivity

Harold Jarche

EskoKilpi – “Learning is the main driver for productivity. ” by @snowded. It matters who you teach. ” by @JayCross.

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. 

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. ” via @SebPaquet. Wells” via @iain2008. How to whisper 2. Friday's Finds

How Can We Ensure that Our Complex AI Systems Do What We Want Them to Do?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Software-intensive systems are generally quite flexible, - able to evolve and adapt to changing product and market requirements.  Cyberattacks. 

Managing Complex, Disruptive Innovations - Some Lessons Learned

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

business was not about any one product or service.  It was about how to best leverage a new disruptive technology, the Internet, for business value. 

Strategy and Execution in an Increasingly Complex World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Twenty-thirty years ago, the business world was arguably less complex, slower moving and more predictable.  Strategic planning involved looking out several years into the future, - generally three to five years, longer for technologies and products requiring extensive R&D.  Let me say a few words about each.  .

Three Models of Knowledge Production

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

knowledge production as growth - on this view, data is like a raw material that serves as a nutrient or growth medium. Here's what I think.

The Complex Transition to the Age of the Cloud

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Cloud computing is a highly complex initiative - at the technical, business and organizational levels.  And, one of the key lessons we all hopefully learned from the dot-com era is that complex, global initiatives take time.  It is very nice to be motivated by lofty aspirations, but in the end, it is all about marketplace execution.

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

Services, Production and Clouds

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Services, along with their creation and consumption, have been difficult to define.  So, like many others, I have discussed services and their attributes in contrast to what they are not - physical products that are generally manufactured in factories.  Kushida. Apple‘s iPod is more than an attractively designed mp3 player. 

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.

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.

Can a 5-minute exercise double your productivity? | Daniel Pink

Dan Pink

Personal Productivity (14). Can a 5-minute exercise double your productivity? How do you stay as productive as you want to be?

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?

The Rise of the Platform Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The effect is much greater potential for innovation and growth than a single product-oriented firm can generate alone.”. trillion.

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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.  I found the report very helpful in helping me better understand it.  Let What is identity?

Design Thinking and the Workplace Experience

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Design has long played a major role in product innovation.  Collaboration, co-creation, co-production.  Sensory and emotional engagement. 

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Why Are We Stuck in a World of Slow Economic Growth? Nobody Seems to Know

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Complex Systems Economic Issues Management and Leadership Political Issues Society and Cultureeconomy, upending old forecasts.

intangible value

Harold Jarche

which flow around and support the core product and service value chain. Complexity NetworkedLearningSource: Ocean Tomo.

The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2016

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Artificial Intelligence Complex Systems Economic Issues Innovation Smart Systems Technology and StrategyArtificial Intelligence. The Blockchain.

Network Era Skills

Harold Jarche

While collaboration is important, it is not enough for the complex workplace. complexity ConnectedEnterprise Leadership

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How Social Networking Can Improve Work Meetings

Luis Suarez

IBM Innovation Knowledge Management Knowledge Tools Open Business Personal KM Productivity Tools #elsuasworkbook Life-Without-Meetings You see?

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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