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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.

social learning for complex work

Harold Jarche

It’s a question of complexity. Complex systems and learning how to work with them cannot be controlled. 1997: 15-20%.

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.

Organize for Complexity

Harold Jarche

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

the problem is to know what questions to ask

Harold Jarche

We are the experts : Formal learning and explicit knowledge are not enough to navigate and make sense of the complexities of an interconnected world.

Complex Systems and the “Rashomon Effect”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Innovation Supercomputing Technology and Strategy The movie is famous for its novel plot device. 

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.

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. 

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

The Power of Networks in a Complex (Business) World

Luis Suarez

The task today is to understand what both social business and complexity mean. To them, social networking is just a complete waste of time.

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? 

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.  .

mastering complexity

Harold Jarche

“Our most successful clients have cross-flowing knowledge networks to handle the complexity/variety of their marketplace.”

in an increasingly complex world

Harold Jarche

Open & Enquiring: practice critical thinking , questioning all assumptions , including your own. complexity

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.   How well can you answer the questions

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.

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.

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. 

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

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.

Strategy and Execution in an Increasingly Complex World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Its title asks the question: “ Strategy or Execution: Which Is More Important? ,” to which it adds the tagline:  “Many business leaders think they’d rather have great execution than superior strategies, but you can’t have the first without the second”  . But, the article goes on to succinctly defines strategy as “.

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!)

The Complex Transition to the Age of the Cloud

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, while many of us feel that cloud is even bigger and more profound than we thought back in 2008, lots of questions remain on its intrinsic nature and its value to the business.  . Cloud computing is a highly complex initiative - at the technical, business and organizational levels.  Where are we now, almost four years later? 

A dark and complex past

Mind Hacks

The case raises a number of difficult questions. But perhaps more important is the question of whether Reichel-Dolmatof can ever redeem himself.

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

Why diverse viewpoints are critical in dealing with complexity

Ross Dawson

The September issue of Harvard Business Review focused on complexity, with several excellent articles. Mauboussin , the chief investment strategist at Legg Mason Capital Management, whose investment approach is fundamentally based on understanding complexity. One of the pieces was an interview with Michael J.

Networks, Information, and Complex Adaptive Systems

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Networks'' and ''Complex adaptive systems'' are two very different things. Under the heading "A believable theory? Actually, yes it is. Jon Dron offers a longish paragraph in two parts. Let''s look at what is included in this sentence: It''s a ''view of the universe'' that is self-organizing that is an information system that can be seen to.

Complexity and Design in Warfare

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The workshop explored how design-oriented approaches can help us better understand and deal with the very complex problems we are increasingly encountering in all aspects of business, economies, government, public policy, military operations and society in general. Analysis involves a relatively linear set of steps.  Armed Forces.  Designing. 

Why progress matters: 6 questions for Harvard's Teresa Amabile.

Dan Pink

Why progress matters: 6 questions for Harvard’s Teresa Amabile Here’s a tip for rounding out your summer reading. Dan Pink. Contact.

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.

Blog Post: Ten questions for work that matters

David Gurteen

Ten questions for work that matters. Hints: Any question that's difficult to answer deserves more thought. Any answers that are meandering, nuanced or complex are probably a symptom of something important. Credit: Ten questions for work that matters by Seth Godin. Here is a recent one. What are you doing that's difficult?

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?

Lean & Complexity event

Dave Snowden

Also any questions, ideas or whatever are more than welcome. I'm looking forward to my keynote at the Lean Software & Systems conference in Long Beach California from May 3rd to 6th this year. also have a whole day workshop on the application of CAS to Lean concepts which will pick up on AGILE and SCRUM.

Protect your head – the world is complex

Mind Hacks

You would think that testing whether helmets prevent bikers from head injury would be a fairly straightforward affair.

You can’t play 20 questions with nature and win

Mind Hacks

“ You can’t play 20 questions with nature and win ” is the title of Allen Newell ‘s 1973 paper, a classic in cognitive science. Science advances by playing twenty questions with nature. The proper tactic is to frame a general question, hopefully binary, that can be attacked experimentally. 1973). Theory

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.