The Puzzling Personal Productivity Paradox

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Yet, despite these impressive advances, for most of this period economies around the world have been stuck in an era of slow productivity growth. Individuals are also experiencing their own version of the productivity paradox. What accounts for this personal productivity paradox?

Organizing

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Quoted at length from Self-organization of complex, intelligent systems: an action ontology for transdisciplinary integration , Francis Heylighen , Integral Review : A mobilization system would combat this confused and unproductive way of acting by redirecting effort in the most efficient way at the most important issues.

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The Productivity Puzzle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Economic growth has two main components, productivity growth and the growth of the labor force. I ncreasing productivity is thus more crucial than ever to promote economic growth. From 1987 to 2004 US labor productivity grew at a 2.1% The Difficulty of Measuring Productivity.

Robocalypse Now? Technology, Productivity and Employment

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

His presentation was based on a paper co-written with Utrecht University economist Anna Salomons. “Is productivity growth inimical to employment?,” Their paper addressed three major questions: Has productivity growth threatened employment, especially in advanced economies?

The Productivity Paradox: Digital Abundance and Scarce Genius

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Despite the relentless advances of digital technologies, productivity growth has been declining over the past decade. Translating technological advances into productivity gains requires major transformations in business processes, organization and culture, - and these take time.

Global Arbitrage and the Productivity Puzzle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about The Productivity Puzzle , - namely that despite our continuing technology advances, the US and other developed economies have experienced a sharp decline in productivity growth over the past 10 to 15 years.

Cloud, Services and the Transformation of Production

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

There is a clear consensus that there is no real consensus on what cloud computing is,” said the organizer of a 2008 cloud conference in his closing remarks. What do we mean by the production of services ? Production includes both manufacturing and ICT-enabled services.

cupcakes: the secret to product planning

Adaptive Path

The cake model of product strategy is actually two different models for how to evolve and improve the scope of a product over time. The first model shows the “dry cake&# approach that many organizations plan out new products and experiences.

organizing for the network era

Harold Jarche

In my last post I noted that many organizations today are nothing more than attractive prisons. These organizations are artifacts of a time when information was scarce and hard to share, and when connections with others were difficult to make and required command and control.

self-organization is the future

Harold Jarche

If we as a society think it is important that citizens are engaged, people are passionate about their work, and that we all contribute to making a better world, then we need to enable self-organization. Like democracy, self-organized teams are hard work.

How a Learning Experience Platform Improves Retail Staff Productivity

TOPYX LMS

Employee productivity is important across all industries, especially retail. Without a productive workforce, a retail organization can’t survive. One of the most common barriers to retail employee productivity is the lack of training and continued education.

lifelong learners in a learning organization

Harold Jarche

The Learning Organization. A model is not a map but a compass that can help guide organizations. But they are necessary for complex work and essential as the organization gets larger.

The Rise of the T-Shaped Organization

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The concept of T-shaped skills was first introduced over 20 years ago, but its importance, - to both individuals and organizations, - has continued to rise. The growing demand for T-shaped skills points to the rise of the T-shaped organization.

Solow Paradox 2.0: The Lagging Impact of Technology Advances on Productivity Growth

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Our aging economies are thus dependent on productivity gains to drive long-term economic growth , future prosperity and higher standards of living. Their average productivity growth in the 5 years between 2000 and 2004 was 2.4%. The waning of the mid-1990s productivity boom.

Global Arbitrage and the Productivity Puzzle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about The Productivity Puzzle , - namely that despite our continuing technology advances, the US and other developed economies have experienced a sharp decline in productivity growth over the past 10 to 15 years. So far, though, economists have failed to reach consensus on the causes of the productivity growth slowdown or indeed the relative significance of the various arguments,” wrote McKinsey.

Productivity tools for the networked workplace

Harold Jarche

All of the larger organizations have and use Sharepoint. These tools are ubiquitous in business and government, so I have agreed to write a few articles on how they can be used to improve work productivity. IT has to make us more productive, smarter.”.

Services, Production and Clouds

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

So, like many others, I have discussed services and their attributes in contrast to what they are not - physical products that are generally manufactured in factories. The distinction between products and services blurs, as physical products are increasingly embedded into service-based solutions, where the clients pay for the services they receive, not the products embodied in the solutions. He views cloud computing as being primarily a story of production.

IT, Productivity and Organizational Capital

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, to achieve long term economic growth, as well as gains in our standard of living , the US must also focus on innovation and productivity growth. US labor productivity - “the amount of goods and services that a laborer produces in a given amount of time” - grew at only 1.5% This period of slow productivity coincided with the rapid growth in the use of computers in business, giving rise to the Solow. As the US recovers from the financial.

Become a More Productive, Empathetic, Creative Person With the Help of AI-Based Tools

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Despite dramatic advances in technology, most of the world’s economies have been stuck in a long period of slow growth and slow productivity. We’ve long been leveraging technology to help increase productivity.

Why People Leave Organizations

Kevin Wheeler

Professor David Finegold and Senior Research Scientist Susan Mohrman, at the Center for Effective Organizations at the University of Southern California presented a paper in the Spring of 2001 at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland entitled: What Do Employees Really Want? This paper presents research from a wide range of organizations, people and cultures and disputes many of the reason people commonly give for leaving.

Organizations Don’t Tweet – Review

Harold Jarche

How do you manage online environments and encourage them to be a productive use of people’s time? The title, Organizations Don’t tweet, People Do – A manager’s guide to the social web by Euan Semple pretty well describes this book.

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The Great Transformation of the Organization Still Needs the How

Dan Pontefract

” The ‘we’ he referred to might have been leaders in today’s organizations. It helps an organization’s margins improve because they make markets vibrant. Efficiency innovations – helps an organization get lean.

Aware Organizations

Harold Jarche

To get there, we need to rethink the management approaches—and underlying tools—around which businesses are organized. Brainpark looks like a productivity tool that combines the flexibility of social media with some integrated rigour of business processes for knowledge work.

Stop Days: The Secret To Nonprofit Productivity

Beth Kanter

The NTEN Book Club, organized by Lauren McKown and Kai Williams, hosted a video chat this week.This month they have been reading The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout and discussing it in the NTEN online community. Workplace Productivity and Well Being .

The Evolving Social Organization

Harold Jarche

As organizations grow, the original simplicity gets harder to maintain. Current management wisdom – based on Robin Dunbar’s research ; the size of military units through history; and the work of management experts such as Tom Peters – considers the ideal size of an organization to be around 150 people. Today’s large, complicated organizations are now facing increasingly complex business environments that require agility in simultaneously learning and working.

Why support self-organized learning in the workplace?

Jane Hart

I recently shared a diagram of what it might look like to move from a focus on organizing and managing training, to helping individuals and teams self-organize in the workplace?

Learning is the main driver for productivity

Harold Jarche

EskoKilpi – “Learning is the main driver for productivity. Productivity of learning determines the speed of productivity improvement.” Our evolving view is that successful future organizations will become learning networks of individuals creating value.

The means of production

Harold Jarche

The means of production are knowledge, creativity and ingenuity. Knowledgeable people are the means of production. Does this mean that “we&# own the means of production? But I think that interconnected and active citizens will self-organize and counter this movement.

Organizing Big Data Initiatives: Lessons from the Internet

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

With few exceptions, all companies expected that these initiative will become more important to their organizations over the next three years. About 20 percent of organizations could not identify any executive with overall responsibility for the function.

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Workplace Productivity

Tony Karrer

One of the favorite quotes I used to use during presentations was Drucker - The most important contribution of management in the 21st century will be to increase knowledge-worker productivity. Complexity of Productivity for Knowledge Work Productivity is defined as: the ratio of the quantity and quality of units produced to the labor per unit of time For some knowledge workers, we can reasonably define things this way.

Reflections on the Nature of Human Organizations

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For most of history, the vast majority of people lived in farms and villages, and worked in relatively small organizations. . We learned that in many cases, our human organizations are more efficient the larger they are. Furthermore, larger organizations are typically accompanied by an increase in human interactions which improve their overall creativity and potential for innovation. All that growth generally leads to ever larger, multi-layered hierarchical organizations.

The enterprise products with disruptive potential for 2014

Dion Hinchcliffe

While there are plenty of new products emerging to challenge organizations in the way they plan, drive, deliver, and support the business, it helps to understand the leading players. CXO Cloud Consumerization Emerging Tech IT Priorities Reviews Software Leadership

Dispositions of Productive Inquiry

Clark Quinn

They suggest that there exists an innate disposition of productive inquiry, an inclination (in particular contexts) to engage in a continual cycle of questioning and answering that leads the individual through a process of ongoing learning. That we could create a culture of productive and continual inquiry, however, is the bigger opportunity on the table, for schools, organizations, and society.

Text-to-Speech eLearning Tools - Integrated Products

Tony Karrer

These products promise to automate the process of adding audio to eLearning thereby streamlining and accelerating the production of eLearning courses. In the next post we'll discuss the requirements of voice modulation and pronunciation for these products.

Real conversations with real people about real products and services.

Euen Semple

Remember Organizations Don't Tweet - People Do. But I do want to have real conversations with real people about the real products and services I want to buy. Reading this article from Azeem Azaar yesterday, and reflecting on conversations over dinner last night here at The Retail and eCommerce Directors Forum I am struck, yet again, how much opportunity there still is in companies truly engaging in online conversations with customers or business partners - and how few do.

The Link Between BYOD and Increased Productivity

TOPYX LMS

A BYOD policy also makes it easy for employees to access corporate data and online training materials, which can increase productivity. Of all the benefits listed here, increased productivity usually pleases company leaders most.

The lowdown on Pastiche™ 1.2 from the product developer

Xyleme

We believe that it’s a revolutionary product that will change the way organizations define blended learning and we’re proud of our continued work on its development. You have probably heard the (rather exciting) news of Xyleme’s new “iPad app that creates apps” - Pastiche™.

Leverage eLearning Tools to Organize Business

TOPYX LMS

Businesses can’t exist apart from organization. Or, more accurately, successful businesses can’t exist without organization. Almost any company can be high-performing/producing, but in order for this status to be reached, organization must be paramount.

The Hyper-social Organization – Review

Harold Jarche

The main premise of The Hyper-social Organization is that social media, connectivity and always-on technology are enabling what humans do naturally; to be very social. In a separate study, IDC estimated that only 20 percent of all content developed by the typical marketing department is actually used by the sales organization. Tweet.

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Three Models of Knowledge Production

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

It should be contrasted with some alternatives: knowledge production as mining - on this view, data is like a raw material that is searched for and retrieved. knowledge production as growth - on this view, data is like a raw material that serves as a nutrient or growth medium.

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

Andy McAfee

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. It’s a graph of American labor productivity growth and employment growth for the whole post-war period.

Study: Decentralized organizations will win, especially in challenging times

Ross Dawson

For decades management theorists have argued over whether and when organizations should be centralized or decentralized. Centralized control is predicated not only having sufficient information to make decisions across a distributed organization, but also being able to make and enact effective decisions. As we shift to more volatile and challenging industry conditions, organizations that have well-structured and designed distributed decision-making will win.

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Online Learning Trends Enhancing Employee Productivity in 2017

TOPYX LMS

This multi-million dollar industry is adaptable and relied upon by a variety of types of organizations including multinationals, nonprofits, businesses, healthcare systems, etc. Corporate Online Learning Trends Can Boost Employee Productivity . They want to know which trends are noteworthy, and which can facilitate a productive workplace. Read on to discover a few online learning trends that can bolster company culture and increase employee productivity in 2017.