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To Understand Where We’re Headed, Read This Essay Written 64 Years Ago

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” Wiener foresaw robots : Machines much more closely analogous to the human organism are well understood, and are now on the verge of being built. Norbert Wiener was at MIT legend.

Big Data Reveal Three Surprising Facts About Chinese Censorship

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Tiananmen Square showed them how dangerous crowds can be to the status quo, and the Arab Spring and many-colored revolutions around the world showed them how effective social media can be at helping to form and organize them.

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In Memoriam: Chris Argyris

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′ technologies and what they might mean for organizations. He didn’t offer quick fixes or ‘the 4-hour organization.’ “When a sage dies all are his kin and should mourn the passing.” ” – The Talmud.

Pirates Play Databall, Purge Postseason Drought

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As Sawchik writes, With little money to spend on free agents, few impact prospects ready for 2013 and many outside the organization calling for a regime change, [general manager Neal] Huntington and [manager Clint] Hurdle discussed how to get more production from their returning roster.

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Big Data: Running out of Metric System…

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The first is the great thirst mainstream organizations have for analytic talent. I recently came across two very different pieces of evidence showing how big a deal big data is.

Everything You Need to Know About Social Business and Enterprise 2.0 in Three Short Reports

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Throughout the second half of 2011, I worked with AIIM (the professional organization for information management and collaboration pros) on a task force to understand the state of Enterprise 2.0 / social business / call-it-what-you-will. This percentage rises to 60% among organizations that offer rewards for EQ&A participation. That headline is, of course, a pathetic lie. But the reports are still quite good.

Data From The Edge

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I don’t know many such organizations, and I’ve been looking for them. Deloitte’s Center for the Edge has just published a report titled “Social Software for Business Performance.&#

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Living Intelligence

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It deals with a topic of great interest — helping the IC do its work better – and it’s relevant for other organizations as well, particularly large ones. I first met Chris Rasmussen when I was invited to Washington to research the Enterprise 2.0

Real Insights about Artificial Intelligence

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Prior to that time, we were trying to teach computers rules: how language worked, how knowledge was organized, how the universe was structured.

The Oxford Union Debate: Coming Home With Our Shields, Not On Them

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” Since this is one of the main messages of our recent book Race Against the Machine the SVCO organizers asked me and Erik if we’d like to be part of the side for the proposition, which is Union-ese for the team that’s in favor of the motion.

Productivity and Employment (and Technology): In the Jaws of the Snake

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Smart guy Jared Bernstein came to MIT yesterday and gave a talk to the seminar Erik Brynjolfsson and I are organizing on how technology is affecting the economy.

Upcoming Geek Fun: Alone Together and the Implications of IBM’s Watson

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How will workers, organizations, and institutions change in reaction to today’s digital advances, and tomorrow’s? I wanted to let everyone know about two upcoming events of great geek interest. The first is a panel I’m moderating at this Saturday’s Boston Book Festival.

Enterprise 2 at 5

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When it’s working well, it makes people more central and leaves organizations better off. helps put into practice Nelson Mandela’s advice to find everyone’s spark of genius in an organization, and in doing so helps companies know what they know. Next week the Enterprise 2.0 conference will take place in Boston, a little more than five years after my article of the same title appeared in Sloan Management Review.

Enterprise 2.0 the Indian Way

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If the US Intelligence community thinks the benefits of more information sharing outweigh the risks, so should most other organizations. On my recent trip to India (post here , pictures here and here ) I got to sit down with Ashok Krish and his team. Ashok is the head of the Web 2.0 Innovation Lab at Tata Consultancy Services ( TCS ). Among his many other responsibilities, Ashok has been one of the point people for Enterprise 2.0 within the company.

Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Knowledge Workers

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Computers can now do many things (like drive a car ) that we used to need people for; they can also facilitate human knowledge workers, making them much more productive and so requiring fewer of them to accomplish the work of the organization. I wrote a while back at HBR.org about whether digitization was contributing to the jobless recovery in the US, and opined that it was. I highlighted that both technology substitution and facilitation were taking place.

Education and Employment: Some Thoughts Against the Conventional Wisdom

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The well-organized education lobbies exploit these beliefs to the fullest. A lot of us are concerned about the jobless nature of this recovery , at least in America, about wage stagnation , and about the fact that the economic gains of today seem to be going primarily to capital, not labor. You don’t have to be a raving Marxist to agree with Franklin Roosevelt that.

‘Social Business’ is Past Retirement Age

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The Tavistock Clinic, later Institute, which applied psychoanalytic theory to organizations. Chris Argyris’s concepts of defensive reasoning and Model 1 vs Model 2 organizations , published in the 1970s and 80s. In contrast, Enterprise 2.0 , which I’ve defined as the use of emergent social software platforms by organizations in pursuit of their goals, is a novel phenomenon.

Control Technology Choice, Not Technology Use

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I talked a couple days ago with the CIO of a huge global organization. Tight control over technology choice ensures that a big organization doesn’t wind up with hundreds of disjointed deployment efforts and fragmented technology environments. And they hadn’t yet started to get a handle on all the emergent social software platforms in use throughout the organization.

Among the Techonomists

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Organizers David Kirkpatrick, Simone Ross, and Michael Federle have put together another great lineup that includes both thinkers and doers. I’m headed today to Techonomy , which bills itself as “not a tech conference. It’s a conference about how tech is changing everything else.” ” I attended last year , and can vouch that that’s pretty accurate.

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Race Against the Machine: The Book and the Blurbs

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This is, quite simply, the best book yet written on the interaction of digital technology, employment and organization. Race Against the Machine is meticulously researched, sobering, practical and, ultimately, hopeful. Erik Brynjolfsson and I have just published our new book Race Against the Machine : How the Digital Revolution is Accelerating Innovation, Driving Productivity, and Irreversibly Transforming Employment and the Economy.

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I Know It When I See It

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In extremely large organizations, this is a constant struggle. was to help keep up with the information age and encourage collaborative work, I believe it is doing just that, in fact, if an organization does not encourage the criteria that you have so aptly defined, I think knowledge workers will collaborate outside of the organization and that is knowledge lost to a firm.

Bring Out Your Data

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We want to hear from as many organizations as possible, so please do fill out the short Web-based survey, which is available here. in your organization; I’d really appreciate it This year I’m working with the Association for Information and Image Management ( AIIM ) to understand the state of Enterprise 2.0. AIIM started in 1943 as the National Microfilm Association, and has for a long time been the place to go for records and content management issues.

Kill the Umpires

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Umpires are a powerful constituency in the sport, and large, successful, antitrust-immune organizations tend to be conservative ones.

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Is craigslist or eHarmony the Right Model for Enterprise 2.0?

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Which of these two types of digital connective tissue would you rather have throughout your organization? A large part of their value proposition (as I understand it) is the survey they ask people to complete when they join their organization’s PP-built social network. Some sophisticated organizations are in the latter camp. This is largely an unpopular stance in IT organizations that tend to have leadership that skews to the more structured/workflow process types.

MIT’s Second Machine Age Conference in September: Sign up Now

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It’s being held on September 10 and 11 at the gorgeous MIT Media Lab building, and organized jointly by the Institute’s Industrial Liaison Program and the Initiative on the Digital Economy (which I cofounded with Erik Brynjolfsson).

MIT’s Second Machine Age Conference in September: Sign up Now

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It’s being held on September 10 and 11 at the gorgeous MIT Media Lab building, and organized jointly by the Institute’s Industrial Liaison Program and the Initiative on the Digital Economy (which I cofounded with Erik Brynjolfsson).

Join Us This Friday in San Francisco

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The conference is primarily intended for members of the MIT community, but the organizers tell me that we still have a few seats that we can offer to the public.

Chapter 1 of Enterprise 2

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New Collaborative Tools for your Organization’s Toughest Challenges available for download (after you give them a name and email address). As an added enticement, the conference organizer’s have given me a discount code. Photo of Andrew McAfee Home Blog About RSS Andrew McAfees Blog The Business Impact of IT Tweet Chapter 1 of Enterprise 2 by Andrew McAfee on June 16, 2009 Harvard Business Press has made the first chapter of my book Enterprise 2.0:

What's Coming Out of the Wall?

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Monday was a Center for Digital Business workshop on IT-fueled business experimentation organized by Michael Schrage and Erik Brynjolfsson (with a tiny bit of help from me). Don’t you want to change?&# “Of course I do, but I want a BIG say in defining the changes this organization signs up for, and I also want to lead them. I agree with you that businesses who adopt Cloud Computing cannot flourish without a healthy IT organization.

Judging by the Cover…

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Photo of Andrew McAfee Home Blog About RSS Andrew McAfees Blog The Business Impact of IT Tweet Judging by the Cover… by Andrew McAfee on May 1, 2009 In the interests of naked self-promotion I wanted to show off the cover to my book Enterprise 2.0 : New Collaborative Tools for Your Organization’s Toughest Challenges , which will be published this fall by Harvard Business School Press.

Bravo, Amazon, for Kicking Out WikiLeaks

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It went from being a potentially important tool to being an organization that seems to have publicity and anti-Americanism at its primary goals. I read just now that Amazon kicked WikiLeaks off its Amazon Web Services cloud platform, apparently at the request of Senator Joe Lieberman ‘s office. My immediate reaction was ‘Well done, Amazon.&#.

How Beautiful it is, and How Easily it can be Broken : Andrew McAfee’s Blog

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And I also realized that I had been hearing the same ones over and over when I talked with people whose organizations had been able to profit from 2.0 deployments that have succeeded entirely because a bunch of people in the organization kind of thought that it would be a good idea. They then show how some cool new technologies can directly address these needs, preferably using examples from within the organization itself.

Toward a Pattern Language for Enterprise 2.0 : Andrew McAfee’s Blog

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Here are the main ones: Decision/Purchasing Power • Integration-centric -> Business-centric • Platform-centric -> Business/solution-centric (“point applications”) Technology • Integrated application suites -> Component architectures (XML/Web services) Applications • Data-centric -> Process-centric • Organization (functional silos) -> Value chains • Modular applications -> Community / Process applications (web 2.0,

The Diminishment of Don Draper

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When I reflect on how I’ve seen strategy, marketing, planning, and product design decisions made at large organizations, I see a lot of the stuff listed above. Given the tautness of corporate and organization budgets, I suspect that attitude to be largely replicated through the business and nonprofit world. Maybe oracles should help organizations tap entire talent/knowledge base within…not just empower the Don Drapers.

Please, Hamel, Don't Hurt 'Em

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In general, though, I believe Hamel’s right: most organizations do need to take into account how millennials work, and how they think about hierarchy, expertise, collaboration, decision making, resource allocation, and many other aspects of organizational life. Gary has been a longtime advocate for reexamining these aspects, and for moving us past what he describes as the “mid-20th-century Weberian bureaucracy &# that characterizes most large organizations today.

Technology and the Right Decision Rights Decisions

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I started reading the article because of my geek interests in IT and supply chain management, but stayed interested because of a much broader interest (also geeky) in technology’s influence on the design of organizations. Other organizations are heavily decentralized, giving great autonomy to people far from headquarters. Do you think technology is generally leading us to either greater centralization or decentralization of organizations?

Three Mantras

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Because management academics have been studying open source software communities for a while now, I stopped being surprised a few years back when I heard about technically-oriented young men (nerds) around the world organizing themselves to write complex pieces of code. Self-organizing communities, built on top of emergent social software platforms , have become common.

The Art of Community Building: Two Views

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I find it a truly inspiring story, and one that gives me hope that even the most large, bureaucratic, and tradition-bound organizations can be changed by a combination of technology, innovative thinking, and tenacity. tools are helping the Community organize itself in emergent ways, in addition to the hierarchical ways it’s deeply familiar with.

On Walking out of the Classroom

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For members of my generation the term ‘organization man’ is somewhere between a joke and an insult; Warren showed me that it can also be an honorific. Photo of Andrew McAfee Home Blog About RSS Andrew McAfees Blog The Business Impact of IT Tweet On Walking out of the Classroom by Andrew McAfee on April 24, 2009 My MBA class finished today, and the end of the semester is, as always, marked by a sense of relief.

The big and small of IT

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Outsourcing, joint ventures, industry consortia, partnerships with academia, network organizations, etc. I love to quote one of his conjectures: “Improved technologies of managing and monitoring may have helped overcome the inherent difficulties of managing larger organizations.&# In smaller organizations (2-1,000 employees) the proximity to those you work with is much higher, and the odds you will hear about the efforts of those you don't are much greater.