Managing in Complexity
JANUARY 24, 2013
As our markets and technologies get more complex, we need new models to get work done. Complex problems cannot be solved alone.
The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2016
AUGUST 16, 2016
The technologies on the list are not new. The full report includes a longer, one-page description of each of these technologies.
Technological Unemployment and the Future of Work
NOVEMBER 3, 2015
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.
No cookie cutters for complexity
MARCH 28, 2013
technology ? Some of this is due to their own difficulties in facing complexity and not having the time or energy to dig into these concepts.
Complex Systems and the “Rashomon Effect”
MARCH 24, 2015
So does the world of highly complex systems , especially those systems whose components and interrelationships are themselves quite complex.
Design Principles for Complex, Unpredictable, People Oriented Systems
APRIL 13, 2012
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. At B-School? This is where we enter the world of design. .
Social Learning, Complexity and the Enterprise
APRIL 20, 2011
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
SEPTEMBER 18, 2013
A firms is best viewed as a kind-of rather large and highly complex family. The job of very clever people is to ask deceptively simple ones.
The Power of Networks in a Complex (Business) World
JULY 6, 2013
The task today is to understand what both social business and complexity mean. To them, social networking is just a complete waste of time.
Big Data, Complex Systems and Quantum Mechanics
DECEMBER 7, 2012
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. Big Data is one of the hottest topics out there.
Blockchain - Once Again, the Technological Genie Has Been Unleashed from its Bottle
AUGUST 22, 2016
His 2006 Wikinomics predicted the rise of mass collaboration in what became known a few years later as the On Demand Economy. If we will it.”. Period.
Preparing Students for an Increasingly Complex Business World
DECEMBER 23, 2014
Are engineering and management schools adequately preparing students for our fast-changing, highly complex business world?
Strategy Made Simple - The 3 Core Strategy Questions
JULY 9, 2013
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
Some Puzzling Questions about Innovation in the Digital Economy
FEBRUARY 26, 2014
Such systems are particularly hard to understand and control because of the complexities inherent in human and organizational behaviors.
Payment Technologies: Past, Present and Future
MARCH 13, 2013
I was reminded of this dictum when recently attending a very interesting workshop, Payment Technologies: Past Present and Future.
Education Technology Strategies - Day One
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
FEBRUARY 3, 2015
lessons scripted around 1:1 laptop); IT issues - we were a Windows network, with everything on our own domain - we needed to open eg printing etc O - consumer technology far more accessible in 2012 esp. dates to classical Greece How does technology change this? - Using technology to find more (vs. CERN ? Which 6?"
The Science of Complex Systems
JULY 9, 2011
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.
Making sense of complexity and innovation
APRIL 5, 2013
Friday’s Finds: Gall’s Law: A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked.
How Can We Ensure that Our Complex AI Systems Do What We Want Them to Do?
APRIL 7, 2015
What is it that makes these systems so intrinsically complex? What purpose does this complexity serve? Complexity of AI software. “We
A Useful Framework for Analyzing the Impact of Technology on Jobs
SEPTEMBER 9, 2014
Last week I discussed a recent Pew Research report on the impact of AI, robotics and other advanced technologies on the future of jobs.
Managing Complex, Disruptive Innovations - Some Lessons Learned
FEBRUARY 6, 2013
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
MARCH 17, 2011
I was asked to provide some initial recommendations for that initiative, in the form of responses to five questions. Though some feel distance and online learning will not reduce costs, many are looking to new technologies not only to increase access but also to reduce the load borne by government. This is my response. ( 1 HRSDC.
Technology and the Future of Media
AUGUST 18, 2015
Most everyone will agree that advances in information and communication technologies (ICT) are radically transforming the business landscape.
Strategy and Execution in an Increasingly Complex World
JULY 12, 2012
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 “.
Digital Technologies for 21st Century Democracy
NOVEMBER 17, 2011
The focus for this year’s conference was Digital Technologies for 21st Century Democracy. I was invited to attend the conference, and participate in the opening plenary panel on D igital Technologies and the Future of Governance. The conference covered a wide range of topics dealing with digital technologies and government.
Better Education Through Technology
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
JANUARY 10, 2011
me) on seeing a sight like this is to suggest that everybody would be better off with a little more investment in technology. But they could instead higher fewer people, pay them more, and use technology to make up the difference. It is in this context we need to read an article like Kentaro Toyama's Can Technology End Poverty?
The Complex Transition to the Age of the Cloud
APRIL 6, 2012
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?
The Collapse of Complex Business Models ? Clay Shirky
APRIL 1, 2010
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!)
People, Organization, Technology?
MARCH 5, 2013
Headed for my personal trash bin: ‘People, Process, Technology.’ This isn’t the right question. People, Organization, Technology.
AI, Automation and the US Economy
JANUARY 10, 2017
For the past few decades, jobs and wages have been declining for many workers, driven by advances in technology as well as by globalization.
Corporate Survival: Lessons from Biology
JANUARY 26, 2016
Let’s take a closer look at the nature of complex adaptive systems. Why are these systems so complex? But, there are trade-offs.
Blockchain Can Reshape Financial Services… But it Will Take Significant Time and Investment
SEPTEMBER 19, 2016
Today, multiple technologies poised to drive the next wave of financial services innovation are converging in maturity.” DLT is one such technology.
Is Design Thinking the “New Liberal Arts”?
OCTOBER 31, 2016
But a number of recent articles have been asking an intriguing question. It is not confined to an art medium or to any technology.”.
The Evolution of the Firm
NOVEMBER 21, 2016
In the article, Professor Coase provided a simple answer to the question: Why do firms exist? High-tech companies emerged from nowhere.
The Future of the Globally Integrated Enterprise
FEBRUARY 13, 2017
Governments in the emerging world welcomed the jobs, exports and technology that global firms brought. It was a golden age.”.
Disruptive Innovation Revisited
JULY 9, 2014
Lepore’s article may well be part of a growing backlash against the relentless advances in technology. Today, the largest U.S. Steel.”
Becoming a Data-Driven Business: Challenges and Opportunities
DECEMBER 19, 2016
Big data ,- including analytics , data science , artificial intelligence and related information-based technologies - are now everywhere. “Is
Complexity and Design in Warfare
MARCH 18, 2011
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. A significant goal of CACD is a shared understanding of complex problems.
The Rise of the Platform Economy
FEBRUARY 9, 2016
Cloud Computing Complex Systems Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Services Innovation Society and Culture Technology and Strategy
Will technology harm or help young people’s brains? A highly nuanced debate
FEBRUARY 29, 2012
Pew Internet & American Life Project’s latest study on the future of the internet examines how young people will be affected by technology. Rather, they are learning more and they are more adept at finding answers to deep questions, in part because they can search effectively and access collective intelligence via the internet.