Complexity in Human Systems

Dave Snowden

As complexity theory has started to get traction I’ve had three concerns. Secondly to distinguish work on complexity in human systems from that based on non-human systems (although again there is much of value). Thirdly to prevent complexity becoming a single guru movement or movements.

The first seminar on scaling

Dave Snowden

After my series of posts on scaling it was time to but some of that work into a seminar/training course that I ran with Simon Bennett. This is not just me, not just me and Simon but there are a whole bunch of people look at ways to scale and apply complexity theory.

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Seminar on complexity

Dave Snowden

We've just had a couple of cancellations on the seminar next week (30th June) so some places are open again. It's a purposefully small group, spending a day understanding the implications for policy and practice of complexity theory. I mix basic teaching with discussing the issues faced by people in the group, so it is a real seminar rather than a lecture or a class.

Cynefin for strategy: new seminars

Dave Snowden

So I have changed the complexity seminar to focus on a walk through of a generic approach to strategy based on complexity thinking. The nice thing about complexity approaches is that they are a lot less "heavy" than traditional strategy approaches.

Decision Making in Our Increasingly Complex Organizations

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A couple of years ago I attend a seminar by University of Toronto professor Avi Goldfarb , who along with UoT colleagues has been conducting research on the economic value of AI. But, explains McKinsey, our growing organizational complexity has clouded decision making accountability.

New seminar programme

Dave Snowden

A mixture of meetings, project work, a couple of rugby matches and a series of one day seminars all make for a rich mix. As part of the preparation I have been working on the agenda for the seminars and have made some significant changes to focus on complexity based strategy. New thinking and methods will also be introduced through the seminar series. Key aspects of complexity theory applied to human systems. Applying complexity theory to your organisation.

Seminar on MOOCs, Lyon, France, Day 2

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

We did a seminar with all the teachers and talked about it - talking in very general terms about the digital revolution, about MOOCs, etc. Again these talks are all in French so my note-taking may be inaccurate in places.

WTF? Complexity.

Jay Cross

Outcomes result from the interplay of complex adaptive systems. What’s a person to do when complexity turns our clockwork universe on its head? My colleagues at the Internet Time Alliance agree that we need to embrace complexity , not hide from it.

Seminars: offer to network members

Dave Snowden

That includes three advanced one day seminars which I will run (Accreditation is now Steve and Michael). All three are running in Amsterdam through February and the complexity one is in London on the 3rd February. This discount also applies to any existing customers who want to use the seminars as a part of their current projects. I previously blogged on the new training structures we were putting in place.

The Coming Era of Decision Machines

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In April, 2017 I attended a seminar by University of Toronto professor Avi Goldfarb on the economic value of AI. How should we develop and deploy complex AI systems whose purpose is to make decisions continuously and automatically?

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Irving Wladawsky-Berger: A Kind of 21st Century Digital Animation Studio

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The objective of the seminars is to show how industry leaders are using engineering-based approaches – e.g., design, tools, processes, analysis, simulations, etc – to address complex problems in their industry or institution.

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: A Kind of 21st Century Digital Animation Studio

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The objective of the seminars is to show how industry leaders are using engineering-based approaches – e.g., design, tools, processes, analysis, simulations, etc – to address complex problems in their industry or institution.

A Biological Approach to Management

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Biological systems have long been an inspiration in the study of complex systems. They must also learn a biological approach, which acknowledges the uncertainty and complexity of business problems and so addresses them indirectly.”.

AI and our Social Interactions

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The opposite of easy is also evoked by words such as complex , involved , and demanding.”. Artificial Intelligence Complex Systems Economic Issues Education and Talent Future of Work Innovation Management and Leadership Political Issues Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

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Is Design Thinking the “New Liberal Arts”?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Design thinking is now being applied to abstract entities, - e.g. systems, services, information and organizations, - as well as to devise strategies, manage change and solve complex problems. Design thinking has become an increasingly popular topic of discussion over the past decade.

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A Growing Backlash Against the Relentless Advances in Technology?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I’ve given many seminars on the subject over the past decade. I generally start my seminars by asking why innovation has been so important a topic for so long now. In my seminars, I usually discuss Christensen’s distinction between sustained and disruptive innovation.

Intervention Design: Overcoming Stiff Resistance to a New, Disruptive Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

With four articles on the subject, HBR ’s overriding message is that design is no longer just for physical products, being increasingly applied to customer experiences, innovation, business strategy, and complex problem solving. .

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Reflections on Leadership and Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

At our first meeting, I told the students that the overriding objective of this course is to develop or enhance their leadership skills so they can better deal with complex systems, complex markets and complex organizations.

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Innovation Communities and Network Effects

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I gave a couple of seminars to MBA students, and spent time with faculty and research members of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group , arguably one of the foremost such academic groups in the world.

As Big Data and AI Take Hold, What Will It Take to Be an Effective Executive?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In principle, such jobs deal with non-routine, cognitive tasks requiring high human skills, including expert problem solving, complex decision-making and sophisticated communications for which there are no rule-based solutions. “As Big data , powerful analytics and AI are everywhere.

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Data-Driven Decision Making: Promises and Limits

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

They tend to be complex, and unstructured because of the uncertainty and risks that generally accompany longer term decisions. Making sound strategic decisions is one of the most important qualities of a great leader, and is thus a major component of leadership courses and seminars.

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Disruptive Innovations and Large Companies

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago I gave a seminar at an executive management class for a large, global company. The subject of my seminar was Managing Technology-based Disruptive Innovations. The company is already consumed with managing its existing operations, - a highly complex and demanding task. Complex Systems Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Technology and Strategy

The Nature of the Firm in the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It holds a variety of seminars, public conferences and other events throughout the year in its Aspen, Colorado and Wye River, Maryland campuses. . This is particularly important because of the growing complexity of the products, services, systems and solutions companies are now developing.

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Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Leadership and Management Skills in the Knowledge Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Home Archives Subscribe « "Killer Apps" and Virtual Worlds | Main | A Kind of Cambrian Explosion » August 13, 2007 Leadership and Management Skills in the Knowledge Economy I am getting ready to teach a new graduate seminar at MIT this fall - Technology-based Business Transformation. Furthermore, because of their complexity and interdisciplinary nature, most such problems can only be attacked with a team of people possessing a variety of skills.

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Disruptive Innovation Revisited

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Complex Systems Economic Issues Education and Talent Innovation Management and Leadership Technology and StrategyDisruptive innovation was first introduced by Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen in a 1995 Harvard Business Review (HBR) paper co-written with Joseph Bower.

The Continuing Evolution of Service Science

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Subsequently, it’s continued to be one of the main subjects I’ve talked about in seminars and written about in this blog. Yet, they account for the bulk of the growing complexity in our daily lives.

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Imagination as a Journey of Survival and Discovery

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I’ve given many seminars and taught semester-long courses on the subject. Complex Systems Economic Issues Education and Talent Innovation Management and Leadership Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

Another Drucker memory

Dave Snowden

The great man decided I might be redeemable, something for which I am eternally grateful and the leadership seminar I mentioned yesterday was one response. The conclusion we came to was that scientific management and complexity had much in common.

Australia next stop(s)

Dave Snowden

In addition to the ACS evening lecture tour I'll be running the new one day Cynefin Seminar in a more limited set of venues. Melbourne has already sold out for the seminar programme and Brisbane will close shortly. I'm working at the moment on a possible pilot seminar on Complexity based approaches to AGILE/LEAN for those communities in Sydney and/or Brisbane. Cynefin Seminar Sydney. Research seminar at University followed by sinner.

Separated by a common language?

Dave Snowden

The basic starting point tends to be Simple-Complex-Chaotic but while the words are the same, the meaning and context of use are different. Cynefin has domains and critically the boundaries between Order (Obvious and Complicated), Complexity and Chaos are all phase shift boundaries.

195 posts about MOOCs

Jay Cross

MOOC on complexity JAY CROSS | WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2013. patterns, social psychology, value network analysis, anthropology, complexity theory, and more. As computers have gotten more complex, even tech literate users have become detached from the basics of how they function.

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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?

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Twelvetide 19:10 The MIT Bookstore

Dave Snowden

Those were inspired by the LSE Pod, but shifted into the first examples of complex facilitation and are something I plan to resurrect when I get time to document some new methods. So that got me into narrative work and also triggered the move to Complexity.

Narrative as abductive acts of knowing

Dave Snowden

I’ve also been finding material for the forthcoming handbook on managing in complexity and chaos which I hope will be available online next week.

The making of meaning event (1)

Dave Snowden

We will be holding a seminar at Bangor University to explore the nature of meaning in the modern world that will launch the programme. It will be a cost only seminar but places will be limited! Yesterday’s post on bullying at work struck a cord with a lot of readers.

Origins & acknowledgements

Dave Snowden

It was satisfying to find my name on Brian Castellani’s updated map of the Complexity Sciences. Now while Cynefin is known as a complexity framework it didn’t start off that way.

The prepared mind

Dave Snowden

One of the key points I have been making in the new seminar (and a few keynotes) over the last week is that resilience requires not just a prepared mind, but also a prepared organisation. It means network connections built and sustained in advance, the ability to delegate power when needed without complex process. It's also really good to be teaching this in a series of seminars on three continents with diverse backgrounds of participants.

Adjusting to Life in a Hyperconnected World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

After all, it would be considered quite rude to be reading a newspaper while attending a seminar, class or meeting. Complex Systems Education and Talent Innovation Management and Leadership Political Issues Society and Culture Technology and StrategyIn the spring of 1997, during a presentation in Paris on IBM’s new e-business strategy , the CIO of a major European retail chain mentioned that his company had just spent a lot of money remodeling their stores.

Technology, Leadership and Innovation in the Service Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

At the end of January I gave a half-day seminar at MIT on Technology, Leadership and Innovation in the Service Economy. I offered the seminar as part of MIT’s Independent Activities Period (IAP) , a four week informal learning interlude between the fall and spring semesters that offers a variety of experimental short courses and seminars. I tested my ideas in seminars that I gave to at MIT and Imperial College last Fall.

Why Do Firms Exist?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

There are actual organizational advantages to firms, such as the ability to marshal a wide range of resources to address very complex problems. I used The Innovator’s Solution in courses and seminars and consider it one of the best management books I have come across. These capabilities enable large, global companies to succesfully manage complex projects that would be much more difficult to coordinate in an open, distributed marketplace.

Social Reputation in the Age of Globalization

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Given my current university affiliations and teaching responsibilities, I spend quite a bit of time thinking how we should best train future leaders to help prepare them for the complex, volatile and unpredictable environments that they must learn to navigate. Thus, my seminars and courses have generally focused on the management of technology-based business transformation, the transition to an information-intensive, knowledge-based economy and related areas.

Open Services Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Over the years, I have given quite a few seminars on the subject, including a graduate course in MIT in the Fall of 2010. Complex projects based on tacit knowledge require very close collaborations between suppliers and customers. Complex Systems Economic Issues Education and Talent Innovation Management and Leadership Services Innovation Technology and Strategy