UnManagement

Colabria supports and recommends UnManagement by Charles (Kalev) Ehin. Dr. Ehin coined the term “UnManagement” in 1995. It was at a management conference in San Jose, California. UnManagement is the informal (as opposed to formal) management that occurs within all organizations. It’s the emergent social networks that develop organically among workers based on their unique…

Technology Zombies

In an excellent 2004 essay titled, “Ten Technologies That Refuse to Die,” author Eric Scigliano makes observations on once breakthrough technologies, now technically obsolete, that are still alive. Even while being overcome with far better, more reliable, more useful offerings, these technologies march on like so many zombies in a late-night horror film. They are…

Visual Complexity

http://www.visualcomplexity.com   Colabria Action Research sponsors and recommends VisualComplexity.com. Colabria also recommends, “Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns of Information” by Manuel Lima. You are encouraged to subscribe to the ‘Latest Projects’ RSS feed. Here is some background from the Visual Complexity Website About page —  VisualComplexity.com intends to be a unified resource space for anyone interested in…

Management Science

At the Management Science site ‘12manage’ they ask you to select your Management Interest Group. Some are listed below. Of course everyone uses CAGR, EBITDA, and P/E Ratio everyday. How many others do you know? It is important to recognize these as mostly rhetorical flourishes rather than useful techniques. Remember, management science, methods and formulas have…

KM Sins

  Kudos to Dave Snowden for revisiting 1998’s KM Sins. It recalls the famous “Teenage Sex” CIO Quote from 2001 on KM. “Knowledge management is like teenage sex,” he says. “Everyone is talking about it all the time, everyone thinks everyone else is doing it, almost no one is really doing it although everyone is bragging…

KM Evolution by Nancy Dixon

  KM Evolution by Nancy Dixon Common Knowledge Associates   Since the term “knowledge management” came into popular usage, there have been three significant changes in how organizations have thought about their knowledge. Each successive era has expanded the type of knowledge that organizations considered important without eliminating the need for and use of the…

Centers for Network Research

  Centers for Network Research are aiding the transformation from a function and process model to the network mindset. Network thinking, orientation, visualizations, theory, etc. are subsuming the function and process mentality. The network model is rising fast for organizations, businesses, industries, the environment and civil society. One leading indicator of the enormous importance of…

Organizational Networks

Someone remarked, probably thrusting their index finger in the air, with the joy of pride and discovery, “Network maps are the new org charts!” Org charts ARE network maps. They are a simple hub and spoke structure. Just turn the traditional org chart on it side or look at it from the top. orgnet.com Rather…

Conversation is Good Business

MIT validates the obvious: conversation is good business. Authentic conversation is a key modality of The Social Enterprise and your Colabria Action Research Networks. In the BofA call center: “Individuals who talked to more coworkers were getting through calls faster, felt less stressed and had the same approval ratings as their peers.” Face-2-face conversation is…

The Network Mindset

To fundamentally advance the network mindset people must first understand what a network is. Unfortunately, most all the discussion about social networks concerns conventional ‘pop’ media, proximate relationships, and popular social network services. These have little or nothing to do with understanding networks or creating an authentic network mindset. There is simply no way to…

4381 & 2*10^8

  As an early member (number 4381) and persistent LinkedIn evangelist it is rewarding to see the service eclipse the 100,000,000 200,000,000 member mark. LinkedIn is a practical and thoughtful offering. The service abides, abets and advances the network singularity. Here is a favorite LinkedIn experience, among many. In 2004, at a very large company,…

The Support Economy

It is amusing to witness the headlong flight to social-this, social-that. Talk about jumping on the bandwagon – wow! People that don’t know eigenvector centrality from a scale-free network are now social network media mavens. The wholesale social reorientation of business, organizations, institutions and civil society by individuals, networks and whole ecosystems was forecast and…

Is KM Absurd?

Is KM Absurd? The notion of applying managerial capitalism, aka, scientific management, (née circa 1900) to knowledge work (KM) could definitely be construed as absurdist. These linear, mechanistic, reductionist models were great for physical assets and natural resources. They fall-down, fail completely, for intangible, knowledge-based businesses. It is sad to see well-meaning organizations continuously fail using…

Elegant Simplicity

Modern knowledge-based organizations need an entirely new way of thinking and leading their networks and organization. One dimension is Elegant Simplicity. The principles originated from complexity science and systems thinking, two key domains of the Colabria Action Research network. Further details are found below.   “As managers, we need to shift our thinking from command and…

Business Oxymora Meets Culture

Modern enterprise leadership is rife with oxymora. Some are amusing figures of speech such as deafening silence or irregular pattern. Others are harmful. Among the most harmful is codified culture. Too often business write down banal claims about culture. ‘People Are Our Number One Asset” is a classic chestnut. On the contrary, organizations with this…

The Social Enterprise

Announcement of syndication for The Social Enterprise You are now welcome to freely access and cite The Social Enterprise – a research project sponsored by the Society of Information Management – Advanced Practices Council. Core enterprise business activities operate on a social foundation. CIOs and IT leadership must conceive, adopt, define, and deploy a comprehensive enterprise social…