Managing in Complexity

Harold Jarche

As our markets and technologies get more complex, we need new models to get work done. Simple systems are easily knowable, whereas complicated systems, while not simple, are still knowable through analysis. The new networked workplace requires both collaboration and cooperation.

Network thinking

Harold Jarche

Tweet Curtis Ogden at The Interaction Institute provides a very good summary of the differences between network-centric and hierarchy-centric thinking, called Network Thinking : Adaptability instead of control. complexity NetworkedLearning Work

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Scale and Complex Systemic Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

We generally think of large companies as being good at operations and incremental innovations, which require them to excel at management discipline, detailed information analysis and project management. It favors large companies because of their ability to address complex systemic problems, manage the large-scale ecosystems that solving such problems requires, and bring their solutions to market all round the world.

Re-wiring for the Complex Workplace

Harold Jarche

Complexity is the new normal. Almost every person is connected to worldwide communication networks. In the network era, learning and working are tightly interconnected. It takes a lot of analysis to understand all the pieces. Re-wiring for complexity.

Networked Professional Development

Harold Jarche

It can sometimes be difficult to see oneself as a node in multiple networks, as opposed to a more conventional position within an organizational hierarchy. But network thinking can fundamentally change our view of hierarchical relationships.

Complexity and Public Administration

Dave Snowden

Some 10 years ago now when I first became interested in how complexity science might be used in public administration there was a body of thinking but relatively few practical examples of applications. So what is applying complexity thinking to public policy really all about?

The role of informal social networks in building organizational creativity and innovation

Ross Dawson

For the last decade I have examined and applied social network analysis in and across organizations, for example in large professional firms , technology purchase decision-making , high-performance personal networks , and other applications. Social networks Uncategorized

Network Learning: Working Smarter

Harold Jarche

We need to re-think workplace learning for a networked society. Formal, structured learning plays only a small role in getting things done in the networked workplace. Making sense of information, both personally and in networks, is becoming a key part of work. Network Learning.

Beyond Assessment ? Recognizing Achievement in a Networked World

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This talk is basically what he said, except he said it in the French way with complex theories, while I''m going to give it in the prickly, analytical, English kind of Canadian, dry presentation. A language is something much more dynamic, much more behavioral and complex ?? The complexities matter." It''s a complex, messy ?? The Achievement Standards Network is offering “open access to machine?readable Incredibly complex process, but easy to do.

On the Governance of Blockchain: Lessons from the Internet

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

How we govern the internet of information as a global resource serves as a model for how to govern this new resource: through a multi-stakeholder approach using what we call global governance networks.”. Watchdog networks: Do no harm. “Blockchain is still in its Wild West phase.

Embracing complexity at work

Harold Jarche

The Cynefin framework is a good way to explain different types of work and how training can only help in some cases: when work is simple (cause & effect are obvious) or complicated (cause & effect can be determined through analysis). Remember, almost all of this complexity is man-made.

KONY, Networked Nonprofits, and Transparency

Beth Kanter

There is more analysis of the problems over simplification like this cogent analysis from Ethan Zuckerman. The issue is complex. One thing that is important to point out is that built their network before they needed with years of offline organizing with young people.

Networks, Neighbourhoods and Communities: A Reflection

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Network Components In Friday's CCK11 Elluminate session I highlighted some of the properties of networks in the following diagram: Now this isn't the most official diagram in the world, but it suffices to highlight some of the properties of networks we want to include in our discussions.

adapting to perpetual beta

Harold Jarche

There are only business strategies that understand networks. Cooperative and distributed work is becoming the norm in the network era. Social learning is how work gets done in networks. Chaos, Complexity, Complication. Weather systems are complex.

Visualization for Understanding

Harold Jarche

Visualization can be a very powerful tool in sharing complex knowledge. The visualization of social network analysis (SNA) can give us significant new perspectives, not available from looking at a series of data points. Value Network Analysis (example) by Patti Anklam.

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intangible value

Harold Jarche

It was her work on value network analysis [PDF] that particularly influenced my thinking. Only through the power of value networks can we address our complex issues – together – and create a more hopeful future.” – Verna Allee. “A Complexity NetworkedLearning

Networked learning in a changing world

Harold Jarche

A Baker’s Dozen: Principles of Value Networks | by @vernaallee. The true shape and nature of collaboration is not the social network – it is the value network. Value networks are purposeful groups of people who come together in designated roles to take action or produce an outcome. Only through the power of value networks can we address our complex issues – together – and create a more hopeful future.

Becoming a Data-Driven Business: Challenges and Opportunities

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The universal reach and connectivity of the Internet has been disrupting and transforming every single industry, especially since the advent of smartphones, IoT devices, cloud computing and broadband wireless networks over the past decade.

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The Evolution of the Internet of Very Smart Things

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It’s impractical to move all that data to a central cloud for analysis and actions. In cloud, the data generated by the smart sensors at the edges is transferred and stored in the center, where it’s analyzed, and the appropriate actions then flow back across the network.

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The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2016

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Horizon scanning for emerging technologies is crucial to staying abreast of developments that can radically transform our world, enabling timely expert analysis in preparation for these disruptors,” said Meyerson.

Growing Up in a Complex World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The primary challenge emerging out of the CEO conversations was complexity - the fact that CEOs now operate in a world that is substantially more volatile, uncertain and complex. Inheriting a Complex World: Future Leaders Envision Sharing the Planet invited graduate and undergraduate students to participate in a Web-based survey between October 2009 and January 2010. They grew up in a complex world. This generation of students doesn’t need to be told what a network is.

Organizations and Complexity

Harold Jarche

Tweet I’ve discussed this table before, but I’d like to put it all the links together to highlight what we need to do with our organizations and structures to deal with complexity. Complexity. Value Networks. How we can support emergent practices in the increasingly complex enterprise: COMPLEXITY. Patti Anklam , in discussing value networks and complexity states: Understanding of complexity provides a practical guide to managing context.

Why People and Companies Die While Cities Keep Growing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Dr. West is Distinguished Professor and Past President of the Santa Fe Institute (SFI), a non-profit research institute dedicated to the study of complex systems. Most surprisingly, their analysis led to a result that no one had predicted.

The President’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Digital funds dominate the vast majority of the money supply, flowing over our digital networks as payments for our increasingly digital economic transactions. Transforming this highly complex ecosystem has proved to be very difficult.

Mapping quality with VNA

Harold Jarche

Tweet Our NetWorkShop on Saturday was a great success and I think everyone left with a better understanding of networks, as well as some ideas for future pursuit. One main message that came through early in the workshop is that you cannot manage a network.

Three Principles for Net Work

Harold Jarche

The nature of work is changing in our increasingly networked economy. This type of work falls into Cynefin’s complex domain where, “the relationship between cause and effect can only be perceived in retrospect, but not in advance”. complexity WirearchyWork is changing.

Anticipating the Future of the IT Industry

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

How can we best anticipate the future of a complex, fast changing industry like IT? Over time, sophisticated applications were developed to help manage more complex operations, including enterprise resource planning , customer relationship management and human resources.

The Economic Potential of The Internet of Things

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Ubiquitous or Pervasive Computing dates back to the 1990s, when neither the necessary low-cost devices nor ubiquitous wireless networking were anywhere near ready. The study is based on a careful analysis of over 150 concrete IoT applications across the global economy.

Confused or Strong Beliefs?

Harold Jarche

Tweet Much of my work is in helping organizations prepare for increasingly creative and complex work because this is where the business value is, whether in offering differentiated services in a competitive market or in advancing scientific R&D. Analysis is not enough. complexity

Is management on the table?

Harold Jarche

Managing for the future is a conceit of those in power and our institutions are based on the notion of being able to manage complex systems using mechanistic models. This can be the false presumption of many a performance analysis. complexity InternetTime Work

I come not to bury training, only to put it in its place

Harold Jarche

Admittedly trickier is demonstrating where objectives come from, establishing that valuable link between the tasking, analysis, goals, and objectives. The increasing complexity of our workplaces means we have to accept the limitations of training and education as we have practiced them.

The Rise of the Chief Digital Officer

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

There is perhaps an implicit assumption in my analysis that you can continue to be a company’s overall CIO while focusing primarily on managing its IT infrastructure and computer systems, something that I increasingly believe is not the case. . But, as the top information technology experts in the company, they should also work closely with all other senior executives to help them design, build and support their increasingly complex products and services.

Variety and diversity

Harold Jarche

The unit of analysis is now communication and emergence, not entities. The perspective of network science views knowledge as socially created and socially re-created. Independently existing people and things then become viewed as co-constructed in coordinated networked action.

The Emergence of Cognitive Computing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This will happen as we look to analyze and extract meaningful information from unstructured data, people-based social networks and Internet-of-Things applications. Major advances must be made not just in the volumes and variety of data collected and analyzed, - including text, voice, images and video, - but also in the speed of the analysis, as many emerging smart applications require very fast response times.

Social Networking: The Benefits Outweigh the Constraints

Nigel Paine

If you sit in the average conference room with, say 40, executives from both the public and private sector and enthuse them about the power, speed and, indeed, empowerment of social networking, you have all the heads nodding in seconds. Take this same, enthusiastic and smiling group and ask them how many people work for companies that restrict access to social networking software or ban it outright, and 35 hands shoot up, and the smiles immediately stop. “It?s


Harold Jarche

I’ve seen a merging of work and learning as more of our lives are lived in larger and more complex networks. In learning theory we now have Connectivism - the integration of principles explored by chaos, network, and complexity and self-organization theories.

Enabling Innovation – Book

Harold Jarche

The classic project management alone is less and less able to manage complex, uncertain, knowledge-based processes. — Managing in Complexity. With increasing requirements for complex and creative work we need new models to get things done. Books complexity Work

Principles for Managing Strategy and Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These principles are based on a detail analysis of how the better performing companies put these ideas into practice time after time. In fact, steady growth and profitability are likely to encourage firms to become more bureaucratic and less attentive to detail and innovation as they transition to managing a large number of people, more complex products and services, and a bigger scale of operations. Management is a highly complex discipline.

195 posts about MOOCs

Jay Cross

2b2k] MOOCs as networks. MOOC on complexity JAY CROSS | WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2013. Adapting to a networked world HAROLD JARCHE | THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2011. patterns, social psychology, value network analysis, anthropology, complexity theory, and more.

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Realizing the Potential of the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This digital divide is now disappearing as we transition to our increasingly hyperconnected economy of ubiquitous mobile devices, broadband wireless networks, and cloud-based applications. A few weeks ago I attended the 12th annual Brookings Blum Roundtable on Global Poverty.