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How technology is enabling the humanity of organizations

Ross Dawson

In response to a question on the impact of technology on organizational culture I said: What is more important today than ever before, is not just technology as the enabler, but how technology relates to the humanity of the organization, to the culture of the organization.

Framework: The role of Humans in the Future of Work

Ross Dawson

Recognizing these distinctive human capabilities allows us to design work, organizations and education to use and develop these capabilities to best effect. Yesterday I gave the keynote on Creating the Future of Work at The End of Nine to Five.

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New ideas: Building the organizations of tomorrow

Ross Dawson

Cellular organizations – as exemplified by the form of many terrorist groups – provide an alternative structure. I recently spoke at an event organised by Building the Organisation of Tomorrow , a group created by alumni of University of Technology Sydney’s Master of Business in IT Management program.

Why it matters that networks in organizations and social systems are shifting to power-law distributions

Ross Dawson

The post Why it matters that networks in organizations and social systems are shifting to power-law distributions appeared first on Trends in the Living Networks.

Timeline of Emerging Science and Technology: A visual framework

Ross Dawson

Transparent (organic) solar cells on skyscrapers. My colleague and friend Richard Watson and I have created a number of visual frameworks together, including Trend Blend 2007+ based on the London tube map, which has spawned many imitators over the years.

The future of work: better decisions supported by computers and professionals

Ross Dawson

A prominent example is an organization’s strategic positioning.

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Timeframes for the future of work: trends and uncertainties in this decade and beyond

Ross Dawson

In the next couple of years it will shift its headquarters into a new building and adopt Activity Based Working across the organization. I recently ran an internal workshop on the future of work for a large company.

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Creating emergent, adaptive systems in organizations

Ross Dawson

Since the collective intelligence of many – or even most – human organizations is significantly less than the intelligence of many of its participants, there are no doubt lessons we can learn. Eli Lilly’s Research and Development group has implemented an internal collaboration system designed by CompanyWay, a start-up that applies to collaboration the principles of how swarms of insects can demonstrate organized behavior.

The importance of entrepreneurial organizations: lessons from global comparisons of company age

Ross Dawson

Last week I ran a workshop for the global leadership of the growth companies division of a major professional services firm.

The 7 characteristics of powerful visions for effective leadership

Ross Dawson

The vision must fit with the organization and its people, culture, and history. Too many visions focus on the interests of a limited group, such as one department or a single organization.

Why predictions are dangerous and organizations must be well networked

Ross Dawson

” The article goes on to give my life history in brief, including the books I have written that have shaped my career, and describes how I often use scenario planning with major organizations engaging with the future.

MIT global study on social business: Executives increasingly understand the value and success drivers

Ross Dawson

It is encouraging to see that ‘Innovating for Competitive Differentation’ comes up as the second most prominent application of social approaches, especially since that is seen as the second most important challenge for organizations over the next two years, after growing revenue.

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Launching new framework: The Future of Work

Ross Dawson

While the future of work and organizations is one of my most important themes, I haven’t had any public summary documents on the topic. I have been working with one of the world’s largest private companies, which is engaged in a strategy project looking at the future out to 2025.

The death of news-on-paper is the rebirth of news organizations

Ross Dawson

What were newspaper companies are now news organizations. The death of news-on-paper absolutely does not imply the death of news organizations. However the impending demise of news-on-paper is an opportunity for news organizations to be reborn, and to create a future of news which informs us better, is more participatory, and involves far fewer dead trees. The post The death of news-on-paper is the rebirth of news organizations appeared first on Trends in the Living Networks.

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Yammer and why activity streams are a key foundation for integrated applications and organizations

Ross Dawson

Interestingly, Yammer’s mantra in its external communication is ‘voluntary adoption’, saying among other things ‘voluntary adoption is the new ROI’ They point to how Yammer often takes off in organizations through inital (unpaid) user adoption that frequently flows through into (paid) corporate implementations.

12 Themes for 2012: what we can expect in the year ahead

Ross Dawson

The rise of ‘hacktivists’ such as Anonymous and LulzSec will result in an increasing number of large organizations attracting their attention and sometimes highly destructive attacks. Towards the end of each year I share some thoughts on what awaits in the year ahead.

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How to make money from crowdsourcing: A framework for Crowd Business Models

Ross Dawson

While crowdsourcing is clearly a fantastic way for organizations large and small to get access to unparalleled resources and scale their operations, it is also increasingly central to many companies’ business models.

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Value polarization and transcending job commoditization: Expertise, Relationships, Innovation

Ross Dawson

However there are three domains in which individuals and organizations can transcend commoditization and push their value creation to the other end of the spectrum, where they can command their price and choose their work. Yesterday I released a first version of my Future of Work framework.

The inside is the outside: The Möbius strip and Klein bottle as metaphors for the future of organizations

Ross Dawson

In a number of my recent keynotes, including at Connected Enterprise and the CIO Summit , I have discussed the blurring of the inside and outside as a critical facet of the future of organizations.

Video of TheNextWeb keynote on The Future of Crowds

Ross Dawson

Organizations. TheNextWeb produced a good quality video of my keynote at TheNextWeb Conference 2012 , shown below. It doesn’t show all of my full motion graphics presentation, though it frequently cuts to show segments of the visuals through my keynote.

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Do you have the passion of the explorer? If you do, what kind of employer could attract you away from entrepreneurship?

Ross Dawson

Today the ever-inspiring John Hagel spoke in Sydney today about passion at work as part of AMP’s Amplify series , organized by Annalie Killian. If you are a large organization, understand the scope of the task of shifting to become that kind of institution.

The evolution of the CIO – the transformation of the role of the Chief Information Officer

Ross Dawson

Other CIOs are leading their boards and executive teams in understanding the critical role of technology in their organizations’ future success, and playing a key role in shaping not just their strategies, but also the very nature and shape of the organization in a connected world.

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.

Keynote at TheNextWeb: The future is motion graphic presentations

Ross Dawson

My topic will be the Future of Crowds , a big picture view of how crowds will be the future of everything, including its impact on work, organizations, business models, capitalism, reputation, media, marketing, innovation, opportunity, and government.

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The need for innovation across boundaries and the power of big data analytics

Ross Dawson

One of the interesting insights from the study was on what executives believe their organizations can best do to foster innovation. Another question looked at the major technologies that will impact how their organizations function over the next 5-10 years.

Crowdsourcing goes mainstream, shaping organizations and the future of work

Ross Dawson

This is a great facilitator of building adaptable organizations. Crowdsourcing is rapidly gaining visibility as a mainstream business topic. The current issue of Outsource magazine has a good article titled The Road of the Crowd. It was written by Steve Bynghall , who produced the recent IBF24 event run by Intranet Benchmarking Forum, and who is collaborating with me on some projects. It’s a good article providing a nice overview of the field, and well worth reading in full.

Why microblogging has moved to the heart of enterprise social initiatives

Ross Dawson

I recently wrote Why conversational skills are needed to create a high-performance, engaged, networked organization , reflecting on an executive roundtable discussion I lead as part of the 21st anniversary celebrations of the Graduate School of Business of the University of New England.

Why conversational skills are needed to create a high-performance, engaged, networked organization

Ross Dawson

I was interested in the skills we identified that are clearly vitally important to successful organizations, yet often significantly underdeveloped. Conversation is vital for today’s organizations for many reasons, including: - Customer engagement. We now all understand that markets are conversations, and organizations must have great ability to build real conversations with their customers in a world of social media.

Using network perspectives to visualize changing culture and meaning

Ross Dawson

Signals organizes shared imagery according to modes of expression. I’m a big fan of Tim Stock ‘s work, which weaves together a deep network perspective with a rich view of how culture is changing informed by semiotic analysis.

The future of academic certification: universities, MOOCs, aggregators, and peer reputation

Ross Dawson

This morning I gave the opening keynote at the Virtual Universities: Impact on Accounting Education Thought Leadership forum in Adelaide, organized by the Centre of Accounting, Governance and Sustainability at University of South Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia.

Passion and the future of work

Ross Dawson

At the same time we have long been designing organizations in a way that dehumanizes work. For must of us there are two domains to have a real impact on the future of work: ourselves as individuals, and the organizations in which we are leaders or employees.

The future of Chief Marketing Officers and leadership

Ross Dawson

Last week I attended a breakfast organized by IBM for a small group of Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) and influencers, hosted by its Australian CMO Mark Willson. CMO Leadership in creating social organizations.

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Qantas Business Radio: why crowdsourcing will drive the future of organizations

Ross Dawson

My interview was very broad-ranging: we spent some time discussing implications for organizations of a connected world including the role of crowdsourcing and the idea of the global brain, went on to look at how to use the iPad for work and why it is the first technology that is better than paper for many purposes, and finally when newspapers will become extinct around the world.

6 key elements in effective innovation governance

Ross Dawson

At the center of innovation governance is clarity on the role of innovation in the organization’s future success, including prioritized objectives for innovation.

Six characteristics supporting excellence in service delivery innovation

Ross Dawson

Professional services firms that excel at service delivery innovation demonstrate six key characteristics: • A networked organization. A Networked Organization. Professional services organizations are ultimately collections of people: deeply specialized professionals who bring together their expertise to create value for clients. As such, the relationships and networks that link individual professionals are at the heart of the organization.

15 theses about the future of the Internet and how we can shape it positively

Ross Dawson

13) Humans and their current organizations may not respond quickly enough to challenges presented by complex networks. PewResearch Internet Project has just released a report on Digital Life in 2025 based on expert interviews.

Serendipity is at the heart of today’s emerging society

Ross Dawson

When young Ricardo Sousa – organizer of the Switch Conference – invited me to speak there, I almost instantly knew that serendipity would be the topic. Serendipity is for me a deeply meaningful word.

Launch of the Transformation of Government framework

Ross Dawson

Self-organization. Collaborative organizations. The vast majority of my work over the years has been in the business sector, however I am increasingly being pulled into government and the public sector.

Will offices still exist in the future?

Ross Dawson

In my keynote I talk about the driving forces of change in work and organizations, the changing nature of the workspace, and the leadership required to create the next phase of work. Some of the reasons that large organizations will continue to exist are predicated on capital and infrastructure. Yet the value of a common space means that offices will continue to exist, and be at the heart of high-performance organizations.

Notes on the future of distributed work and organizations

Ross Dawson

I came straight to the airport from a media panel organized by Cisco to follow up on their Connected World research study. Any organization that does that has an advantage over those that do not. Organizations that try to take flexibility from their staff without giving it back will find it ever-harder to hire people. I am sitting in the lounge at Sydney airport, about to fly to San Francisco. It is the ease of the iPad that allows me to put up this post on the fly.