Knowledge Management

Knowledge management (KM) has been problematic. It is marked with spectacular failures and billions lost. The most often cited problem is there is no alignment with business outcomes. Unfortunately, KM challenges have been exacerbated by vendors, establishment conferences, so-called Best Practices and, ironically, sharing.    There are promising signs for a knowledge management renaissance. Movements…

Teams

Most business organizations consist of hierarchy and teams. Hierarchy is the simple hub and spoke network conventionally known as the organizational chart. Teams are a simplistic assembly of roles intended to meet a specific objective. Often, hierarchy and teams are the only network structures recognized in the formal organization. Your Colabria Action Research Networks sees…

Social Media

At Colabria Action Research Networks a constant question is whether serious organizations should embrace social media. Unbelievably, in September 2013, it’s still unanswered. For example, here are some shocking research remarks and statistics from Fast Company (August 2013) — “Only 7% of managers consider social media skills important for employees.” “Managers at the majority of companies…

CompleNet 2014

  CompleNet 2014 5th Workshop on Complex Networks Bologna, Italy March 12-14, 2014   Important Dates Abstract/Paper Submission :: October 6, 2013 Author Notification :: November 10, 2013 Submission of Camera-Ready :: December 10, 2013 Early Registration Date :: December 10, 2013 Confirmed Speakers Alessandro Vespignani, Northeastern University, Boston, MA Raffaella Burioni, Università di Parma,…

Social Networks in Organizations

  http://www.visualcomplexity.com/vc/ Articles on social networks in organizations. It was prepared by Sargam Garg, PhD Student, Rutgers University with the help of socnet.   Articles Daniel J. Brass, Joseph Galaskiewicz, Henrich R. Greve and Wenpin Tsai. “Taking Stock of Networks and Organizations: A Multilevel Perspective.” http://www.jstor.org/pss/20159624 Keith G. Provan, Amy Fish, and Joerg Sydow. “Interorganizational…

The Deadly Pronoun

Don’t use the pronoun I. Using the pronoun I indicates a person is self-absorbed, arrogant and narcissistic. Skilled communicators do not use the deadly pronoun. Today, substantial persona is established online, thus it’s prudent not to use the deadly pronoun. Decades of research confirms what Colabria and common sense has been advocating for years. This December 2011…

Knowledge-based Organizations

  Work in knowledge-based organizations is social. Activities include collaboration and sharing. Work products are improvisational. Success requires judgment and freedom to act. There is a heavy reliance on others. Trust is key. Knowledge creation and flow span organizational boundaries. Social networks propel excellence in knowledge-based organizations. In contrast, transactional organizations are different. Integrated process…

Open Leadership

It is surprising how little most leaders, managers and know about the networks they inhabit. The overbearing focus on management, processes and managerialism is harmful. The evolution to networks and open leadership is essential. Of course, fixed structure and deliberate control are important elements of the smooth operation of many business activities. They are best…

Reinventing Discovery

The New Era of Networked Science In Reinventing Discovery, Michael Nielsen argues that we are living at the dawn of the most dramatic change in science in more than 300 years. This change is being driven by powerful new cognitive tools, enabled by the internet, which are greatly accelerating scientific discovery. There are many books…

Structural Holes

People ask a lot about structural holes. Here is professor Burt’s paper linked below. The concept changed everything. It has had an enormous impact on network analysis and business management. A lot of the real work of leadership is about brokering structural holes.     Network analysis is the lens to discover, broker structural holes…

Social Network Websites

Most Social Network Websites will fail. Some attempt to call themselves social network services (SNS). They’re not.  Most all are actually application destinations, not services. Application focus and centralization is the fatal flaw of them all. They are like the wall-cities and castles of Europe. Suitable at one point, but structurally failing over time. As…

Electronic Frontier Foundation

       Electronic Frontier Foundation Save the date and join us for this year’s Electronic Frontier Foundation Pioneer Awards ceremony on September 19th 2013. The annual Pioneer Awards honor luminaries who have contributed substantially to the health, growth, accessibility, or freedom of computer-based communications with extraordinary technical, economic, or cultural contributions. Past Electronic Frontier…

Narcissus Loves Facebook

Often the narcissism of social technology can be a great nuisance. The everyday minutiae of individual daily life seems to creep into social media. Clinically narcissistic social media behaviours are counterproductive. After all, among the biggest social media applications is, well, not surprisingly called, “Face”book. (?) Most of Facebook is objective narcissism and rather inappropriate.…

Managerialism

Managerialism is the belief and practice that organizations have more similarities than differences. Managerialism holds the performance of all organizations can be optimized by the application of generic management skills and theory. Many enterprise and government people, particularly in knowledge management (KM), suffer the grave disease of  managerialism. To a practitioner of managerialism, there is…

Collective Intelligence 2014

Collective Intelligence 2014 Collective Intelligence 2014 is an interdisciplinary conference seeks to bring together researchers from a variety of fields relevant to understanding and designing collective intelligence of many types. Collective Intelligence 2014 topics of interest include but are not limited to: human computation social computing crowdsourcing wisdom of crowds (e.g., prediction markets) group memory and extended…

Enterprise Educrats

 It is a relief that enterprise educrats are finally realizing and accepting that learning is socially mediated. It is good to see firms abandoning their failed strategies for monolithic learning applications, transactional learning management systems (LMS) and centrally controlled collaboration. It is rewarding to see the majority of folks accept this model for enterprise efforts…

Hastily Formed Networks

  http://www.nps.edu/ Monterey, California USA As network science, social networks and network analysis expand rapidly and become the lingua franca of business, economics and society, novel and important network patterns continuously reveal themselves. They deserve attention, thinking, visualization and analysis. Some are new and others are continuously evolving. They are central to knowledge, productivity, resilient…

Mr. Simplicity

 The Courage Within Us by Mr. Simplicity aka Bill Jensen is recommended by your Colabria Action Research Networks. The Courage Within Us unleashes what’s already inside you. You have what it takes to survive and thrive in disruptive times… but you must master your disruptive hero. The Courage originated from interviews with 100 Disruptive Heroes:…

The Weakness of Strong Ties

We all know about The Strength of Weak Ties. What’s also very important is The Weakness of Strong Ties. As network comprehension steadily advances, so does hype, misunderstanding and downright, objectionable falsehoods about social networks, social media and social business. Some is just learning and naivety. Some is deliberate. Some originates from network dilettantes. It…

The Use of Knowledge in Society

Friedrich August Hayek is positively central to 21st Century knowledge management (KM). It is puzzling why the moldering KM Establishment and failed KM practitioners persists in rejecting the foundations and principles of KM.   If KM could unpack their disastrous preoccupation with information technology and process engineering then enormous progress could be made in KM. Hayek’s epic…