Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
JANUARY 16, 2016
Quoted at length from Self-organization of complex, intelligent systems: an action ontology for transdisciplinary integration , Francis Heylighen , Integral Review : A mobilization system would combat this confused and unproductive way of acting by redirecting effort in the most efficient way at the most important issues.
a triple operating system
NOVEMBER 21, 2015
This trinity is not three separate operating systems. Essentially, networked organizations need to operate differently. Awareness.
Creating the AAA Organization
NOVEMBER 2, 2014
They need to both work in their hierarchy and in a self-organizing network simultaneously ! – Valdis Krebs, Orgnet. – Jon Husband.
The post-hierarchical organization
OCTOBER 23, 2014
With an external environment that is highly connected, organizations have to get connected inside. Hierarchies are good for command and control.
Grand Unified Theory of Service Design, Systems Design, and Organization Design
MARCH 9, 2016
Jeff Sussna is an internationally-recognized systems thinker and IT expert, combining engineering expertise with an ability to bridge business, creative, and technical perspectives. The other thing is, I think a lot about the relationship between designing and operating systems and designing and operating organizations.
Creating emergent, adaptive systems in organizations
MAY 29, 2012
Since the collective intelligence of many – or even most – human organizations is significantly less than the intelligence of many of its participants, there are no doubt lessons we can learn. In my book Living Networks I included a small section on Creating adaptive systems in Chapter 6 on Network Presence.
Two separate systems?
MAY 10, 2016
On the other hand, there is quite a bit of expression for more flexible systems, a more podular approach. Start small, scale out, etc.
Reinventing Organizations – Review
MAY 19, 2014
What is a “Teal Organization”? Evolutionary purpose: let the organization adapt and grow, not be driven. That’s it.
Building the network era organization
OCTOBER 15, 2014
Part of the shift that organizations will have to make in the network era will be not only to add new dimensions, but to retrieve some old ones.
The Rise of the T-Shaped Organization
DECEMBER 15, 2015
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.
self-organization and self-reflection
DECEMBER 4, 2015
The System vs the Medical Doctor , by @fewererrors. That is when it dawned on us that here was the self-organizing plural sector in action.
Organize for Complexity
MAY 1, 2014
” Well I think Niels has answered much of that question himself, in his recent book Organize for Complexity.
Why it matters that networks in organizations and social systems are shifting to power-law distributions
NOVEMBER 3, 2014
’ * There are many factors, such as positive feedback loops and self-organisation , that are shifting systems towards power-law distributions.
First structure the work system
MARCH 6, 2013
I think humans, with their complex brains, can develop processes that work, if they are in organizations that allow them to be natural. Chaotic.
Big Data: Running out of Metric System…
OCTOBER 31, 2012
The first is the great thirst mainstream organizations have for analytic talent. How fast are they exploding?
Leadership, Connectivity, Execution, Organization
JULY 21, 2011
Metaphors that provide the common mental frameworks for our organizations are also powerful tools. Focus is on Doing, not Goals.
A guide to complexity and organizations
JULY 29, 2012
The definition of complex systems is quite useful: Complex systems have presence or participation of living creatures.
Creating More Intelligent Organizations
DECEMBER 26, 2012
organize these collaborations and enhance them with innovative IT-based. If so, is it possible to create more intelligent organizations?
JUNE 1, 2012
“A System is a set of variables sufficiently isolated to stay constant long enough for us to discuss it. ~ things do.”
The Human-Centered Organization
MAY 18, 2016
While I want L&D to lead the way (as those are the folks I know), it’s really about leading the way to an organization that’s aligned with us , with people. The point being, as we reorganize work to tap into the best of us, we’re creating organizations that are humane in a very specific, and hopefully deep, sense.
Design Principles for Complex, Unpredictable, People Oriented Systems
APRIL 13, 2012
Then you pull together the needed resources - human, financial, technical, tools, equipment, etc - and organize a project to achieve the objectives. What do we mean by applying design principles to complex, unpredictable, people oriented systems and problems? But, socio-technical systems are oriented toward people and services.
The Intersection of Systems and Network Leadership
FEBRUARY 6, 2015
Found when researching systems thinking. Find the keys to a system. Looks for ways to help system work better, doesn’t blame.
Networks and Systems
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
MAY 9, 2014
It''s interesting that he makes the point about ''systems'' twice. To use his own words, he sees at least some networks as systems. And systems are very different from networks. A system''s structure and behavior may be decomposed via subsystems and sub-processes to elementary parts and process steps. A car is a system.
Organizations, work, and learning
DECEMBER 23, 2014
They cover the main themes of organizations, work, and learning, that I have been discussing on this blog since 2004. Management in networks.
The learning organization: an often-described, but seldom-observed phenomenon
MAY 31, 2012
The role of managers should be to manage the system, not the individual functions. The same pertains to sharing inside organizations.
Cognitive Systems and Big-Data-driven Applications
OCTOBER 23, 2013
In the first week of October I participated in a Cognitive Systems Colloquium hosted by IBM at its Thomas J. Watson Research Center.
Reflections on the Nature of Human Organizations
OCTOBER 31, 2012
For most of history, the vast majority of people lived in farms and villages, and worked in relatively small organizations. . We learned that in many cases, our human organizations are more efficient the larger they are. All that growth generally leads to ever larger, multi-layered hierarchical organizations. billion to 9.3
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.
Why People Leave Organizations
MAY 19, 2011
Like so many others things, it is the systemic effect of several factors that leads to a final decision. This paper presents research from a wide range of organizations, people and cultures and disputes many of the reason people commonly give for leaving. Rewards based, in part, on how well the organization performs.
How Can We Ensure that Our Complex AI Systems Do What We Want Them to Do?
APRIL 7, 2015
Software-intensive systems are generally quite flexible, - able to evolve and adapt to changing product and market requirements. Cyberattacks.
5 Use Cases for a Corporate YouTube in Organizations
JANUARY 9, 2013
Previously I’ve discussed the benefits and uses of micro-blogging , badging and virtual worlds inside an organization. 1) Social Learning.
Systems Thinking, Safety and Risk Management
MAY 2, 2012
Several participants cited the sharp rise in volume and speed of high-frequency trading over the past decade as an example of a current practice that is potentially increasing volatility and systemic risk in financial markets. Financial systems are an example of such complex engineering systems. In the Preface she writes: .
A Neural, Digital System for the Economy
DECEMBER 9, 2011
Dr. Arthur is external professor at the Santa Fe Institute and visiting researcher at PARC’s Intelligent Systems Lab. This second, digital economy is essentially acting as the neural system for the overall economy. A major portion of every complex biological organism, including us humans, is the autonomic nervous system.
How organizations can thrive in the network era
SEPTEMBER 10, 2012
I recently covered the BetaCodex Guide to Organizing for Complexity. Special Edition Paper – Turn Your Company Outside-In!, part I+II.
Complex Sociotechnical Systems: the Case for a New Field of Study
MAY 16, 2012
Digital technologies are enabling us to develop systems with huge numbers of interconnected components and sophisticated software that infuses them with seemingly unlimited capabilities. And, they are profoundly changing the way all organizations operate, as well as our working and personal lives. . Let me discuss a few. .
Social Business – Rethinking Innovation, Organization and Leadership
MARCH 1, 2011
Well, here is one potential answer to them all: Social Business – Rethinking Innovation, Organization and Leadership.
People, Organization, Technology?
MARCH 5, 2013
For complex systems, for innovation efforts, for creativity – process engineering is not only the wrong approach, it is a mistake.
Learning Content Management Systems (LCMS) for Managing Course Assets
JANUARY 24, 2011
But I’ve seen organizations cobble together solutions using SharePoint more than I’ve seen LCMS solutions. In fact, because content management is now so ubiquitous in almost all social networking systems (including Microsoft SharePoint), many companies are finding ways to leverage these tools to help aid content development.
I’m Not Scared of Email; I Developed a System called DADDIO
JANUARY 23, 2013
You may use Outlook or Lotus or whatever messaging system or application is provided to you to send and answer these types of emails. Action.
The ‘Occupy IT’ Movement of Organizations
MAY 2, 2012
Diamond Digital IQ suggests 41% of organizations witness 30% or more of IT expenditures residing elsewhere from IT. ” In the Web 2.0