The Firm as a Large, Complex, Extended Family

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Transaction costs are incurred in obtaining goods and services outside the firm, such as searching for the right people, negotiating a contract, coordinating the work, managing intellectual property and so on. A firms is best viewed as a kind-of rather large and highly complex family.

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? Not quite, say a number of recent studies.

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Social Learning, Complexity and the Enterprise

Harold Jarche

Our relationship with knowledge is changing as our work becomes more intangible and complex. GDL – Group Directed Learning – groups of individuals working in teams, projects, study groups, etc Even two people working together in a coaching and mentoring capacity. Complexity: wirearchy.

PKM is making sense of complexity

Harold Jarche

This is what you find on the first page of most searches for PKM : Personal knowledge management (PKM) is a collection of processes that a person uses to gather, classify, store, search, retrieve, and share knowledge in his or her daily activities – Wikipedia.

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Attention Nonprofit #DataNerds: A Few Recent Research Studies on Data, Technology, Funding, and Trends

Beth Kanter

In the last few weeks, there have been a few good research studies and web sites relaunched that cover technology, data, funding, and trends. Here’s a roundup. According to the study, 92% of the nonprofit professionals we surveyed are using content marketing.

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The Importance of Empathy in Our Services-Centric, People-Oriented Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The study conducted face-to-face, in-depth conversations with dozens of senior executives across companies in a broad range of industries and consulted with a number of other academic institutions.

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Trust and the On-Demand Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The intrinsic structure of companies has long been a subject of study, most famously by Ronald Coase , the eminent British economist and recipient of the 1991 Nobel Prize in economics.

Why Some Work Groups Thrive While Others Falter

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In a 2015 study, executives said that profitability increases when workers are persuaded to collaborate more. These include solving problems, comprehending complex ideas, reasoning and planing, learning quickly, adapting to new situations, and so on.

The Continuing, Transformative Impact of IT

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For example, according to a March, 2013 McKinsey study on The Evolution of the Networked Enterprise , more than 80 percent of the companies surveyed use social technologies, but only 10 percent are deriving the expected business value from being truly networked.

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In Defense of Data Centrism

Martijn Linssen

Home About Complexity Reading List Knowledge Management Reading List In Defense of Data Centrism John 0 comments Education System Dec 23 In the never ending search to know “what works,” we have a few choices. And not through data autopsy and case studies.

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“Complicated” vs. “Complex”

Martijn Linssen

The background: A gentleman who makes a living “reducing complexity” for IT systems keeps running into some of us on Twitter who study complexity. The ask: There is a group of complexity aficionados that criticize my use of the word “complexity.” ” In general, these are folks who are influenced by the Cynefin framework that considers complexity and complicated to be different attributes of a system. Complexity

The Rise of the On-Demand Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Complex tasks, such as programming a computer or writing a legal brief, can now be divided into their component parts - and subcontracted to specialists around the world.” .

How Will AI Likely Impact How We Work, Live and Play?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Artificial Intelligence Complex Systems Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Political Issues Smart Systems Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

Reinventing Society in the Wake of Big Data

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Most people think that big data is about what people do online, like posts on Facebook or searches on Google. We have generally been studying complex systems in terms of averages, probability distributions and expected values.

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The Digital Transformation of the Customer Experience

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Customers are taking advantage of all the information they can now access to search for the best possible values. . Cloud Computing Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Economic Issues Education and Talent Innovation Management and Leadership Services Innovation Technology and Strategy

What Should We Think of Machines that Think?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Daniel Dennett , Tufts philosophy professor and co-director of its Center for Cognitive Studies wrote : “The Singularity - the fateful moment when AI surpasses its creators in intelligence and takes over the world - is a meme worth pondering. Complexity of AI software. “We

Towards a Hyperconnected, Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It has enabled companies to integrate their business processes, information and workforce around the world, in search of lower costs and higher productivity as well as new markets for their products and services. A number of studies have observed that as business competition intensifies, customers have been gaining market power, and they are using that power to find the best positive deals.

Reflections on Bitcoin

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, it’s most definitely underway, with an increasing number of market pilots and research studies taking place around the world. But, as is the case with all complex platforms, its architecture, protocols and governance will have to evolve.

Reflections on Big Data, Data Science and Related Subjects

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

CUSP’s overriding mission is the interdisciplinary study of the grand technical, intellectual, engineering, academic, and human challenges posed by a rapidly urbanizing world.

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Creating More Intelligent Organizations

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The CCI was founded to study how new communications technologies are changing the way people work together. In particular, it is studying the various ways that groups of people are now. To answer these questions they conducted two separate studies.

Cloud, Services and the Transformation of Production

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Is it a return to centralized computing , driven by the rising complexities, management costs and energy inefficiencies of distributed systems? Ever since cloud computing first appeared in the IT world, people have struggled to define what it is and why it’s so important.

Reflections on the Nature of Human Organizations

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Geoffrey West , a physicist formerly at Los Alamos National Lab and now at the Santa Fe Institute , has analyzed the impact of scaling in complex systems including cities. To cope with these problems, cities require a larger police force to control crime, a bigger transportation infrastructure to relieve congestion, and more government services and regulations to manage an increasingly complex city. .

The Nature of the Firm in the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization that aims “to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues.” This is particularly important because of the growing complexity of the products, services, systems and solutions companies are now developing.

The Emergence of a Digital Money Ecosystem

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, it is most definitely underway, with an increasing number of market pilots and research studies already taking place around the world. This has resulted in all kinds of innovative applications, - search, e-commerce, entertainment, social networks, Watson-like intelligent systems, and so on. Complex Systems Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Political Issues Services Innovation Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

Technology and the Future of Media

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

One of the pleasure of reading or watching something really good is to subsequently read the associated comments, which I often rely on to shed light on a particularly complex program and help me better understand its storyline, characters and what its creators might have been after.

Open, Collaborative Trust Frameworks

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Self-organizing, open communities are now well accepted as a production model for complex initiatives with major societal benefits, - like trust frameworks. Our Web searches and sites visited, including our likes and dislikes and purchase histories. End users benefit from free, personalised consumer experiences such as Internet search, social networking or buying recommendations.” “And

Why is it so Difficult to Make Long-Term Predictions?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The screen can be used not only to see the people you call but also for studying documents and photographs and reading passages from books. Once they reached a good-enough stage, leading edge innovators and investors moved on to search for the next big thing.

A Data Science Approach to Organizational Health

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I remember reading In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America’s Best Run Companies when it first came out in 1982, - one of the most influential business books of all time. These two books studied over 50 of the most successful companies of the past few decades.

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Mind Hacks

The complex interplay between suicidal people in online chat rooms is discussed in an excellent edition of BBC Radio 4′s The Report which you can listen to online or download as a podcast.

Data Science and the Changing Nature of Research and Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Last month, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) released the results of a new study, ARISE II: Unleashing America’s Research & Innovation Enterprise. reorganization of the research and innovation enterprise proposed by the ARISE II study.

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70-20-10: Origin, Research, Purpose

Charles Jennings

He been studying and supporting it for many years and is co-author of the highly acclaimed Six Disciplines of Breakthrough Learning: How to Turn Training and Development into Business Results (Pfeiffer, 2010). My job was to convert the study’s findings into practical practices.

Why Do Firms Exist?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Transaction costs are incurred in obtaining goods and services outside the firm, such as searching for the right people, negotiating a contract, coordinating the work, managing intellectual property and so on. There are actual organizational advantages to firms, such as the ability to marshal a wide range of resources to address very complex problems. Is it too much to hope that other practitioners of the dismal science will follow his example and study the real world?”.

The IT-based Transformation of Services

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In 2009, the UK’s Royal Society published the findings of a major study - Hidden Wealth: the contributions of science to service sector innovation highlighting the key role that science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are now having in service innovations. At one end are those activities that can be fully automated using IT systems and networks, such as those offered by ATMs and other financial networks, customer self-service web sites, search, and social networks.

Research Goes Asian

Kevin Wheeler

Home About Future of Talent Subscribe Over the Seas Thoughts on Recruiting, Learning and Other Things as I Ramble around the World Research Goes Asian by Kevin Wheeler on August 6, 2009 Fusionopolis- Singapore The future of scientific research is moving global, and especially toward Asia, in the search for talented, skilled people. Asian countries have encouraged their children to study science and engineering and have invested in educating them well.

70-20-10: Origin, Research, Purpose

Charles Jennings

He been studying and supporting it for many years and is co-author of the highly acclaimed Six Disciplines of Breakthrough Learning: How to Turn Training and Development into Business Results (Pfeiffer, 2010). My job was to convert the study’s findings into practical practices.

Why Content Curation Should be in Your Skillset

Jay Cross

You expect the curator of an art gallery to know the collection and to: search out the best items. When I started studying the future of conferences, I began with research. I set up a Google Search for daily news on the topic.

Loose hierarchies for knowledge management

Harold Jarche

A 2011 study (via David Gurteen ) concluded that even in the same company, knowledge management practices are different (note that the authors define Ba as shared context in motion ). Knowledge-sharing practices are highly contextual.

The MIT Systems Thinking Conference

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The SDM program aims to provide mid-career professionals with a systems perspective that will help them address and solve large-scale, global, complex challenges. The Systems Thinking Conference is intended to showcase innovative ways of addressing complex challenges, in particular, how to integrate technology, management and social sciences to successfully solve very tough problems. Why is it so difficult to make sound decisions about highly complex problems?

Reflections on the Future of TV

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Studying such dramatic changes helps me better appreciate the transitions our economy is going through. The TV industry is being massively restructured as its companies keep searching for viable business models.

The race to platform education

George Siemens

As liberating as the web is, tremendous centralization of control is occurring in numerous spaces: Google in search/advertising/Android, Amazon in books/cloud computing, Facebook in social networks, etc. But a critical concept is expressed about mid-way through the post: Google+ is a knee-jerk reaction, a study in short-term thinking, predicated on the incorrect notion that Facebook is successful because they built a great product. Well, technology is getting complex.