networks are the new companies

Harold Jarche

This is a necessity in an economy where the average company lifespan continues to decrease. The company no longer offers the stability it once did as innovation, and resulting business disruption, comes from all corners. And to the earlier point, networks are the new companies.

The Rise of the Global Superstar Company

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The current rise of large companies is somewhat unexpected. Big, multinational companies dominated most industries, - from GM, Ford and Chrysler in cars to Esso/Exxon, Mobil and Texaco in oil and gas. Companies popped up to solve specific problems and then disappeared.

Connecting Companies and Markets

Harold Jarche

Management in the Network Era: It is only through innovative and contextual methods, the self-selection of the most appropriate tools and work conditions, and willing cooperation, that more productive work can be assured. Connecting companies to markets in the network era.

Blockchain - the Networked Ecosystem is the Business

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

They need to build a robust business case for blockchain that includes a fair incentive model to attract all the partners required for the success of their networks.”. In search of value - From “The Network is the Computer” to “The Ecosystem is the Business”.

The Connected Company Review

Harold Jarche

I received a copy of Dave Gray’s The Connected Company from O’Reilly books and must say that Dave has done a great job. It is a comprehensive read, covering complexity and networks, and how they are changing business. So what is a connected company?

Should Companies Allow Facebook at Work?

Dan Pontefract

“Well, don’t you think your associates are still using Facebook throu gh their mobile phones now that you’ve blocked it from your network?” Late last year I was at a dinner with a Board I won’t mention by name. There were roughly 50 people at the event.

the challenge of the network era

Harold Jarche

Their companies — which include oil and gas, shipping and transportation — are worth an estimated $10 billion, making them among Canada’s richest families.” Understanding our new media surround is the challenge of the network era. We need to become real networked citizens.

Chance favours the Connected Company

Harold Jarche

Viewing this first from the perspective of what makes an effective knowledge-sharing network, I would say that in trusted networks, openness enables transparency, which in turn fosters a diversity of ideas.

the new networked norm

Harold Jarche

The network era began with the advent of electric communications, though it is by no means completely established. As we enter the network era we see companies like Apple dominating, often ignoring Wall Street pundits. But the nodes (people) in these networks have to dependable.

principles of networked management

Harold Jarche

At Red Hat, the enterprise IT company, “managers focus on opportunities, not score-keeping” ‘We also rely on associates’ peers and communities to informally assess how people perform.

Should Companies Block Access to Digital Tools?

Luis Suarez

In “ Should Companies Allow Facebook at Work? ” he comes to talk about that number of companies out there who, still, in 2013!, are blocking the use of social networking tools for their employees, so that they wouldn’t waste time at work, or goof around unnecessarily.

helping make the network smarter

Harold Jarche

The result of what Siilasmaa learned is an excellent example of the integration of learning and work, a necessity in the network era workplace. Innovation will emerge from the entire network, when everyone is responsible in a transparent and open organization.

networked social capital

Harold Jarche

When FiveThirtyEight published the details of 3 million trolls and bots that were link to the Russian-based company Internet Research Agency, they were merely providing data. These data required a subject matter network to make sense of them.

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.

Networked monkeys

Harold Jarche

@flowchainsensei – “Even when companies don’t pay peanuts, seems like they still mostly want monkeys. ” @eekim – The Real Importance of Networks: Understanding Power. Networks are not a rejection of hierarchy. Networks are a rejection of rigidity.

Liberate Your Company Through Employee Engagement

Luis Suarez

It’s a one way lane that has been imposed over us by the business world as perhaps the Holy Grail of social networking. And most importantly, what can we do to liberate every company from them? .

networked knowledge creates value

Harold Jarche

As we enter the network era, the dominant technology is the internet and working knowledge is distributed through professional communities. Compare this to the last 75 years where the company was connected to a factory and knowledge was delivered from business schools.

Open Learning, Open Networks

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Adapted from a talk given March 9, 2017, at the State University of New York in Syracuse, this essay describes several key innovations shaping the future of open learning: distributed social networks, cloud infrastructures and virtualization, immersive reality, and personal learning environments.

Management in Networks

Harold Jarche

In networks, cooperation is more important than collaboration. They cannot see the potential of social networks for enabling sense-making and knowledge-sharing. But the new reality is that networks are the new companies. Knowledge networks differ from company hierarchies.

Networks, networks, networks

Harold Jarche

Value creation has thus been shifting from protecting proprietary knowledge, to fostering collaboration, both within the company and beyond its boundaries, in order to help the firm participate in as broad and diverse a range of knowledge flows and thus improve its competitive position. A Man with a PhD: Natural selection: networks & diversity. This argument implies that one cannot hope to get ahead of others just by finding the “right” network.

Knowledge is the network

David Weinberger

You could post to a mailing list or UseNet if you had permission to share your company’s work, you could publish an article, you could give a talk at a conference. Second, the network has evolved a culture in which there’s nothing wrong with not knowing.

Network Era Skills

Harold Jarche

It is only through innovative and contextual methods, the self-selection of the most appropriate tools and work conditions, and willing cooperation, that more productive work can be assured in the network era. This is where enterprise social networks have helped organizational learning.

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The 7 roles of company directors in driving successful innovation

Ross Dawson

The piece is below, providing a high-level view on the role of company directors in driving innovation. Whether companies are already industry leaders or are striving to grow their market presence, they must be able to reliably generate new approaches to their business.

Networked individuals trump organizations

Harold Jarche

We can look at this change from the perspective of knowledge networks, in which most of us will be working, whether we are farmers or software engineers. A knowledge network in balance is founded on openness which enables transparency.

The network era transition

Harold Jarche

I concluded in my last post that organizations will need to adapt to the network era. Another possibility is that hierarchical organizations, like most companies, will not be able to adapt to the network era. In networks, cooperation trumps collaboration.

Power Shift – People Running Companies by Apple?

Luis Suarez

The balance of power from companies running people to, hopefully, people running companies ” [Emphasis mine]. I have been in the IT industry for well over 15 years now and for a good number of them I have been relying on multiple different systems. One of them being Windows.

In a wired world, companies have to re-wire

Harold Jarche

All levels are necessary and knowledge has to flow between them, or companies will get disconnected from their markets and their people. Networked markets are beginning to self-organize faster than the companies that have traditionally served them.

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.

What Universities Must Learn About Social Networks

Jay Cross

What Universities Must Learning About Social Networks. THE ISSUE IS NOT whether you are going to become a socially networked university but how soon. IBM describes socially networked corporations as the next step in the overall evolution of business. Networks Social Learning

Leadership for the Network Era

Harold Jarche

The TIMN [Tribes + Institutions + Markets + Networks] model shows how society grew from a collection of tribes, added institutions, and later developed markets. The network era began with the advent of electric communications, though it is by no means completely established.

Research Shows Companies Should Encourage Social Learning


For example, informal learning happens effortlessly when people: Read a statistic or story on Facebook or another social media network. Become knitted into a company’s culture by attending work-related social events. Networking – 30%. Companies, choose well.

Networked sharing

Harold Jarche

It’s not about innovative individuals so much as the ability of the network (society, organization, company) to stay connected to its collective knowledge. Are your knowledge networks large enough to ensure that collective knowledge does not get lost?

Power, Networks & Freedom

Harold Jarche

You Are Not the Product: The Coming Revolution in Social Networks – by @gideonro. This idea that we are just products for advertisers pops up in lots of online conversations, a reflection of the current state of our advertising-driven social networks.

Principles of Networked Unmanagement

Harold Jarche

In networks, cooperation trumps collaboration. As we shift to a networked economy, our organizational frameworks have to change. No one has the definitive answer any more but we can use the intelligence of our networks to make sense together and see how we can influence desired results.

If Your Enterprise Social Network Is a Ghost Town It’s Probably Due To Your Corporate Culture

Dan Pontefract

We deployed our enterprise social network last year, but it’s a ghost town. One I know thousands of other companies and organizations are struggling with at this very moment. We’re a financial services company. Working together is built into the company’s DNA.

Network walking

Harold Jarche

Tweet In Network Thinking I said that as we learn in digital networks, stock (content) loses significance, while flow (conversation) becomes more important – the challenge becomes how to continuously weave the many bits of information and knowledge that pass by us each day.

Networks and Power

Harold Jarche

gideonro – Curating Smart Networks. Most of us use social networks for social purposes. mikearauz – My company adopted holacracy. Improving the way you run your company shouldnt be this hard.

Innovation is a network activity

Harold Jarche

But of more importance is the ability of the network (society, organization, company) to stay connected to its collective knowledge in order to keep innovating. Are your knowledge networks large and diverse enough to ensure that collective knowledge does not get lost?

Structuring for the network era

Harold Jarche

It’s about networks. But it is why companies have such great expectations every time a new CEO is hired. Cooperation helps to strengthen networks, where there is no central management. These knowledge networks need trust to function well. It is 2013 and F.W.

human networks connect through empathy

Harold Jarche

We are only as good as our networks. Our decisions reflect the diversity of our networks. How do we understand the complexity of social networks? Empathy is a requisite perspective for the network era.

Social networks and engineering serendipity in the workplace

Ross Dawson

The New York Times has an interesting article titled Engineering Serendipity which looks at the some of the ways companies are trying to create felicitous and unexpected connections between their staff. This requires the design of a network structure in which nodes (e.g.

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Tests for Customer Focused Companies

John Hagel

» Tests for Customer Focused Companies Most companies claim to be customer-focused, yet few are. In a world where customers (both end consumers and intermediate customers) are becoming increasingly powerful, all companies declare that they are “customer-focused”.

My Network is my Net Worth – Part II

Dan Pontefract

Several moons ago I wrote about the power of your network. It has not only helped me implement a social platform with full learning and performance capabilities within my own company but also personally (for speaking engagements) as well as with our clients.