working smarter case study

Harold Jarche

Established an Online Resource Repository (Decision Support Tools, Case Studies, Tools, Job Aids, & additional information sources). In 2010/2011 Jay Cross and I worked worked with a corporate university of a large US company with the objective to cultivate a fully engaged, high performing workforce through rapid, collaborative, informal, self-directed learning.

Facebook, filtering, polarization, and a flawed study?

David Weinberger

Unfortunately, a set of researchers clustered around the Berkman Center think that the study’s methodology is deeply flawed, and that its conclusions badly misstate the actual findings. The post Facebook, filtering, polarization, and a flawed study? Facebook researchers have published an article in Science, certainly one of the most prestigious peer-reviewed journals.

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The Study, and Other Stuff

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

There are three separate threads in Siemens's response to my last post , all of which are fascinating: The thread concerning whether or not the study he published was bad, The thread examining the question of whether universities can be a valuable force for social equity, and My own experiences of the university system. Whether or not the study he published was bad Siemens writes, "Stephen expands on his primary concerns which are about educational research in general."

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The Heinz Ketchup Case Study

Jay Cross

My midterm exam in Marketing Management at Harvard B-School was the Heinz Ketchup Case. You, the student, had just been appointed brand manager (we called it product manager back then) for the iconic red condiment. The case included the demographics of buyers, the geographic spread of the market, and all manner of information about packaging options. Sales were steady and growing. The case asked the classic question, “What would you do?” ” The school solution was: Do nothing.

Case Study: Driving a 75% Reduction in Translation Costs at Ford Motor Company

Xyleme

Read the Case Study: Driving a 75% Reduction in Translation Costs at Ford Motor Company. Read the full case study: “Driving a 75% Reduction in Translation Costs at Ford Motor Company.” The post Case Study: Driving a 75% Reduction in Translation Costs at Ford Motor Company appeared first on Xyleme Ford Motor Company — the second-largest automotive manufacturer in the U.S.

Pew study of reputation management

David Weinberger

From an email about a new Pew Research report : WASHINGTON – More than half (57%) of adult internet users say they have used a search engine to look up their name and see what information was available about them online, up from 47% who did so in 2006. Young adults, far from being indifferent about their digital footprints, are the most active online reputation managers in several dimensions.

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The MIT of Entrepreneurship Studies

Andy McAfee

… is actually a new course being offered to MIT students this summer. I just learned from Bill Aulet , the Managing Director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship , about a great new initiative getting started at the Institute this summer exclusively available to its students and 2012 grads. It’s called the Founder Skills Accelerator , and is intended to give very early-stage businesses a summer’s worth of support – money, space, peers, and mentors.

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The 2010 IBM Global CEO Study

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

IBM recently released the 2010 Global CEO Study. This is IBM’s fourth biennial CEO study since 2004. For the 2010 study , IBM held more than 1,500 face-to-face interviews with private sector CEOs (80%) and senior public sector leaders (20%) from 33 different industries spread over sixty countries. In the past three studies, CEOs consistently said that coping with change was their most pressing challenge. Capitalizing on Complexity is the title of the 2010 study.

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Non-Research Citations in the Siemens Research Study

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Defending himself against my criticism of his recently released research study on distance and online learning, George Siemens tweets: Au contraire mon frère. There are many non-research articles cites, with a particular preference toward foundations, consultants, a few blogs and news and magazine articles. The non-research citations are as selective and ill-informed as the formal citations.

Study: Decentralized organizations will win, especially in challenging times

Ross Dawson

The post Study: Decentralized organizations will win, especially in challenging times appeared first on Trends in the Living Networks. For decades management theorists have argued over whether and when organizations should be centralized or decentralized. However the situation is now dramatically different than it was before, as we become richly connected and the world we live in becomes increasingly complex and interdependent.

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The cognitive science of how to study

Mind Hacks

Researchers from the Bjork Learning and Forgetting Lab at UCLA have created a fantastic video on the cognitive science of how to study. Happy studying. Link to Pro Tips: How to Study on vimeo. Despite the fact that we now know loads about what makes for optimal learning, it’s rarely applied by students who are trying to learn a subject or ace a test. This is a short, clear, helpful video on exactly that.

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The cognitive science of how to study

Mind Hacks

Researchers from the Bjork Learning and Forgetting Lab at UCLA have created a fantastic video on the cognitive science of how to study. Happy studying. Link to Pro Tips: How to Study on vimeo. Despite the fact that we now know loads about what makes for optimal learning, it’s rarely applied by students who are trying to learn a subject or ace a test. It is a short, clear, helpful video on exactly that.

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a gold-standard study on brain training

Mind Hacks

Yorkshire Post: Brain training study is “truly significant”. The main measure of the study was participants’ own reports of their ability to cope with daily activities. The study was designed to the highest standards, as would be required if you were testing a new drug: a double-blind randomised control trial in which participants were assigned at random to the different treatment groups, and weren’t told which group they were in (nor what the researcher’s theory was).

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Formal study of Organizations Don't Tweet, People Do

Euen Semple

For a couple of years now Dr. Silagh White, of Lehigh University in the USA, has included study of my book as part of a course on Entrepreneurial Communications for Creative Industries. Last year I took part in a live Twitter chat with the students and this year I have just been reviewing some of the questions that the book raised for the them. On both occasions I have been really impressed by the thoughtful and insightful responses including this nice tweet from Andrea Stiffelman.

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The Transformative Power of Analytics - The Houston Astros: a Case Study

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago I read a two-part interview with Astro’s GM Jeff Luhnow, - an excellent case study for any leader seeking to learn from the Astros’ transformation, including the challenges involved and how to overcome them. In 2013, the Houston Astros finished the season with a 51-111 record, - the worst record in the history of the franchise, having also lost over 100 games in the previous two years.

Does studying economics make you more selfish?

Mind Hacks

Studying human behaviour can be like a dog trying to catch its own tail. Research on economics students showed this in action: textbooks describing facts and theories about human behaviour can affect the people studying them. One group who have been found to free ride more than others in repeated studies is people who have studied economics. Men have previously been found to be more self-interested in such tests, and more men study economics than women.

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5 classic studies of learning

Mind Hacks

I have a piece in the Guardian, ‘ The science of learning: five classic studies ‘ Here’s the intro: A few classic studies help to define the way we think about the science of learning. A classic study isn’t classic just because it uncovered a new fact, but because it neatly demonstrates a profound truth about how we learn – often at the same time showing up our unjustified assumptions about how our minds work.

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Study: Global comparisons of news consumption and shifting channels

Trends in the Living Networks

The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford has just published the very interesting 110 page Digital News Report 2013 , which draws on an extensive survey of news consumption across nine major countries. The post Study: Global comparisons of news consumption and shifting channels appeared first on Trends in the Living Networks.

Annual M&R Benchmarks Study Released

Beth Kanter

One important part of effective digital measurement is being able to benchmark your performance relative to your organization’s past performance or compared to peer organizations. One excellent resource to use for benchmarking nonprofit digital results (in the US) is the annual M&R Benchmarks study of nonprofit digital advocacy. The study does not conduct a comprehensive ROI study of digital spending, but does describe how much nonprofits are spending per dollar raised online.

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LearnTrends Live: Reuters case study

Jay Cross

Thomas Reuters. Charles Jennings. Largest information company in the world. 70/20/10: 80% of learning takes place outside of class. Learning through experience: 70%. Learning from others: 20%. Learning formally: 10%. Think of your major lessons. They weren’t formal, were they? Note: the 80/20 ratio for informal/formal was the case before networks kicked in. Social learning: sharing experiences. Jerome Bruner: difference between learning physics and being a physicist.

Case Study 2 – How a training course is not the solution to every problem

Jane Hart

Following Monday’s post, How to break out of the “course is the solution to every problem” mindset: make courses the exception rather than the rule, this is the second of three case studies that shows how courses are not the solution to every learning or performance problem. These case studies have been adapted from posts [.].

Richard Arum Study Helps Confirm Anti-Male Bias

Nine Shift

Arum's study is not primarily concerned with gender. But his data is important because it is one of the first studies to measure both learning and knowledge coming out of college (using the Collegiate Learning Assessment) and later work achievement and success. Arum's study shows that male students were statistically as likely to be in the upper 20% of learners as females.

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A course is not the solution to every problem: Case Study 1

Jane Hart

This is the first of three case studies that shows how courses are not the solution to every learning or performance problem. These posts have been adapted from posts that first appeared on my blog in 2010. The Sales Manager of a consumer electronics company was concerned about the length of time it was taking [.]. Social learning

Iris Murdoch on studying as a virtue

David Weinberger

The honesty and humility required of the student — not to pretend to know what one does not know — is the preparation for the honesty and humility of the scholar …[A]part from special contexts, studying is normally an exercise of virtue as well as of talent, and shows us a fundamental way in which virtue is related to the real world I’ve been reading Iris Murdoch’s The Sovereignity of Good.

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Complex Sociotechnical Systems: the Case for a New Field of Study

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago, MIT professor Joseph Sussman addressed these issues in a lecture - Complex Sociotechnical Systems: The Case for a New Field of Study. In his lecture, which can be seen here , Professor Sussman says that it is not enough for us to study complex sociotechnical systems. But, asks Sussman, is there enough intellectual content in complex sociotechnical systems (CSS) to justify the creation of a new field of study? “Are

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A medical study of the Haitian zombie

Mind Hacks

We hear a lot about zombies these days – in films, in music and even in philosophy – but many are unaware that in 1997 The Lancet published a medical study of three genuine Haitian zombies. The cases studies were reported by British anthropologist Roland Littlewood and Haitian doctor Chavannes Douyon and concerned three individuals identified as zombies after they had apparently passed away. Link to locked case study in The Lancet.

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Make study more effective, the easy way

Mind Hacks

If you’re a student, what I’m about to tell you will let you change how you study so that it is more effective, more enjoyable and easier. If you are a student the implication of this study and those like it is clear : don’t stress yourself with revision where you read and re-read textbooks and course notes. Decades old research into how memory works should have revolutionised University teaching. It didn’t.

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Case Study No 3: a course doesn’t solve every problem:

Jane Hart

Following Monday’s post, How to break out of the “course is the solution to every problem” mindset: make courses the exception rather than the rule, this is the third of three case studies that shows how courses are not the solution to every learning or performance problem. These case studies have been adapted from posts [.].

Metropolitan IQ and Urban metabolism: Great case studies of innovative, collaborative cities

Trends in the Living Networks

It draws on 16 excellent case studies of how to develop “metropolitan IQ” and a healthy “urban metabolism” (analogies I of course love), including both international and Australian examples. These are summarized below and described in detail in the paper : Case Study 1: New York – Chief Digital Officer – how NYC’s first CDO is driving digital innovation in the city.

One who studies the soul

Mind Hacks

Literally, Psychologist means ‘one who studies the soul’, we think of it as a scary word in our harsh-sounding, Germanic language, but it actually means something really beautiful. I also like that it is ambiguous as to whether it’s me studying my own soul, or yours, or you studying my soul, or me asking you to study your own. i-D magazine has an interview with instrumental dubstep fusion maestro Psychologist.

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New Study: Helpful and Friendly Co-Workers Can Keep You Alive.

Bob Sutton

» New Study: Helpful and Friendly Co-Workers Can Keep You Alive. Tiffany West from the World Economic Forum just alerted me to an intriguing new study that suggests having the right co-workers can help us live longer, while having the wrong ones might kill us.    This study suggests that, they longer you stay around such people, the more your health will suffer, and eventually, your risk of an early death will rise. This is a troubling study for assholes.or

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Case study: Using project management for effective crowdsourcing

Trends in the Living Networks

The chapter opens with an excellent case study of how Nick McMenemy uses crowd platforms to drive his startup Virdium. I gained plenty of insights and new ideas in my interview of him, which I condensed into the case study, reproduced below. Case study: How Nick McMenemy runs virtual teams. [This post first appeared on the Getting Results From Crowds book website].

A 75-Year Harvard Study Finds What It Takes To Live A Happy Life

Jay Cross

Insights from the landmark Grant Study. See on Scoop.it – Informal & Experiential Learning. Jay Cross ‘s insight: The secret to happiness: All you need is love. And less alcohol and a warm relationship with mom. See on www.businessinsider.com. Just Jay

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On the challenges of studying suicide

Mind Hacks

Nature has an important article on why virtually no-one is trying to develop treatments to prevent suicide because research with such high-risk patients is almost impossible to get approved. Most psychiatric drug trials today—the majority of which are industry sponsored—exclude anyone expressing thoughts of suicide.

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The fabulous case study of Queensland Police on Facebook

Trends in the Living Networks

I hope that public sector organizations in particular look carefully at this case study on how valuable social media can be, if approached with the right attitude I am at the NSW IPAA conference on The Future Course of Modern Government , where I gave the opening keynote on The Transformation of Government. We have just heard about how Queensland Police used Facebook and Twitter for disaster communication during the extensive flooding in January.

A study on dream smoking

Mind Hacks

A 1991 study looked at how often recently ex-smokers dreamed of smoking, and found that even after a year of abstinence the dream world was often a common refuge for an imaginary nicotine hit. Dream of absent-minded transgression: an empirical study of a cognitive withdrawal symptom. Link to PubMed entry for study If you've given up smoking for good, where else can you have a secret cigarette except in your dreams?

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Pew study on Net and politics

David Weinberger

Pew Internet has a new report out about the role of the Internet in the recent presidential campaign. It confirms that more than half of us went online for info, and many of us were quite active. In fact, here’s one nugget from the report: Due to demographic differences between the two parties, McCain voters were actually more likely than Obama voters to go online in the first place.

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Crowdsourcing for social development and economic opportunity: Case study of Malaysia

Trends in the Living Networks

The post Crowdsourcing for social development and economic opportunity: Case study of Malaysia appeared first on Trends in the Living Networks. I am at the Digital Malaysia National Crowdsourcing Conference in Kuala Lumpur, where I gave the keynote this morning on the global crowdsourcing landscape and the opportunities for Malaysia. . It is fantastic to see what Malaysia is doing. Digital Malaysia is the government agency tasked with developing Malaysia as a digital nation towards 2020.

The 2008 IBM Global CEO Study

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

IBM just released the 2008 Global CEO Study. IBM has been conducting such studies every two years for the last several years by interviewing hundreds of CEO's around the world. Four years ago, the 2004 study found that CEOs were emerging from the depressed business environment caused by the bursting of the dot com bubble , and were beginning to shift their priorities from cost cutting to driving profitable growth and strengthening overall financial performance.

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

Trends in the Living Networks

MIT Sloan Management Review together with Deloitte have just launched 2012 Social Business Global Executive Study and Research Project , drawing out some very interesting insights from a survey of almost 3,500 executives from 115 countries. Below the slides of the report I have selected several of the interesting slides with brief commentary. Social Business: What Are Companies Really Doing? – Survey Questions and Answers. View more presentations from MIT Sloan Management Review.

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New CEO Studies: Nuances of Narcissism, Flattery, and Opinion Conformity

Bob Sutton

  The three studies from two articles were done in different ways, but the upshot is that CEOs are swayed heavily by praise and ass-kissing of all kinds, especially narcissists, and the effects aren't pretty. In short: If you are a CEO, these studies show how hard it is for you to wade through and tune out all the bullshit and ass-kissing that come with the job.  I got my copy of the Administrative Science Quarterly in the mail the other day.

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I predict a riot (based on a single study)

Mind Hacks

A group of black bloc researchers fed up with the lack of interest in replicating psychology studies has set up a strike force called the The Reproducibility Project that will recreate all 2008 studies from three major cognitive science journals. The Chronicle of Higher Education covers the project that’ll check-out the replicability of well-known studies.

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The Social Priming Studies in “Thinking Fast and Slow” are not very replicable

Mind Hacks

The combined analysis of 31 studies reported in the 12 articles shows 100% significant results with average (median) observed power of 57% and an inflation rate of 43%. …readers of… “Thinking Fast and Slow” should not consider the presented studies as scientific evidence that subtle cues in their environment can have strong effects on their behavior outside their awareness.

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