Complexity Digest June 2014

  Good Fences: The Importance of Setting Boundaries for Peaceful Coexistence We consider the conditions of peace and violence among ethnic groups, testing a theory designed to predict the locations of violence and interventions that can promote peace. Characterizing the model’s success in predicting peace requires examples where peace prevails despite diversity. Switzerland is recognized…

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KM and Philosophy

For one reason or another online knowledge management (KM) groups attracts philosophical scholarship. Often it is just academic bloviating. Sometimes it descends into intellectual bullying and trolling. For the most part, KM and philosophy don’t mix. Of course reasonable people just ignore divisive and counter-productive behaviors of amateur philosophers in online KM groups. Still, because…

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Don’t Get SWAM’ed

LinkedIn Groups now offers Site-Wide Automated Moderating (SWAM). SWAM is a draconian moderation method for LinkedIn Groups. Any moderator in any group can SWAM you. Even if a moderator simply disagrees with your post or its tone or rhetoric, for example, they can SWAM you. Anybody that gets SWAM’ed is permanently placed in moderation. SWAM…

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The Network Age

The end of the first decade of the 21st century marked the 50th anniversary of the Information Age. In 1957 the USA Labor Dept noted the number of white collar or information workers had exceeded the number of blue collar workers for the first time, ushering in the Information Age. It is also worth noting…

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Transaction-Cost Economics and ESA

The firms of the past were transactional by nature. Ronald Coase’s Transaction-Cost Economics (TCE) was the theory of the firm. Today, the firm is fast evolving to an interaction versus transaction model. This is called the knowledge-based view (KBV). The most valuable enterprise network structures are social. Enterprise network patterns have complex properties. The logic of…

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Consumerization

A key dimension of social business is the social reorientation of work, wealth creation and prosperity. This has been a top theme of Colabria Action Research. The major enterprise revolution is a subtext of the next Colabria Cluster, Emerging Enterprise Technology, on 16 January 2014 in San Francisco, California. Once an IT backwater, The Social…

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