Biology of KM

Biology makes a far better scientific, philosophical and practice foundation for knowledge management (KM) than physics and mechanics. Process management, information technology, engineering and measurement offer extraordinarily poor and destructive archetypes for knowledge creation and KM. Multidisciplinary naivety, an overbearing mechanical orientation and debilitating indifference to living systems, for example, is among the root causes of…

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Special Issue on Knowledge and the Firm

This is a noteworthy excerpt from the highly influential U.C. Berkeley Forum on Knowledge and the Firm. It’s from the prestigious California Management Review. California Management Review Special Issue on Knowledge and the Firm March 22, 1998 by Dan Cohen The academics and practitioners who gathered at U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business for a…

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Complexity Digest

Entropy and the Predictability of Online Life Using mobile phone records and information theory measures, our daily lives have been recently shown to follow strict statistical regularities, and our movement patterns are, to a large extent, predictable. Here, we apply entropy and predictability measures to two datasets of the behavioral actions and the mobility of…

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SciCast

George Mason University launched today, Jan. 10, 2014, the largest and most advanced science and technology prediction market in the world: SciCast. The federally funded research project aims to improve the accuracy of science and technology forecasts. The idea is that collective wisdom from diverse, informed opinions can provide more accurate predictions than individual forecasters,…

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Social Networks Make us Smarter

  Sociality influences cultural complexity Abstract Archaeological and ethnohistorical evidence suggests a link between a population’s size and structure, and the diversity or sophistication of its toolkits or technologies. Addressing these patterns, several evolutionary models predict that both the size and social interconnectedness of populations can contribute to the complexity of its cultural repertoire. Some…

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Enterprise Software Research

How Do Enterprise Buyers Research New Software? Some colleagues have created this nice straw man on enterprise software research. They asked for feedback. Below are suggestions and improvements from Colabria Action Research. Visit “How Do Enterprise Buyers Research New Software?” for the original post. The first question/concern is about this remark in the original post,…

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Information Visualization

Colabria guest blog by Sébastien Heymann in collaboration with Bénédicte Le Grand of Université de Paris 1. This is part of the Graph Viz 101: a series on the visual exploration of graphs. Please access, subscribe and share this content at Graph Viz 101. Information Visualization by Sébastien Heymann Information visualization has been used to…

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Computer Supported Cooperative Work

Call for Interactive Posters, Demos, Panels Computer Supported Cooperative Work Baltimore, Maryland, USA February 15-19, 2014 http://cscw.acm.org The 17th Annual CSCW is an international and interdisciplinary conference focused on how technology intersects with social practices. IMPORTANT DATES October 07, 5:00pm PDT, 2013: Submission due November 07: Final notifications CSCW brings together top researchers and practitioners…

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Social Knowledge Management

Leading Issues in Social Knowledge Management Colabria Action Research recommends a collection of important Social Knowledge Management papers ISBN: 978-1-908272-38-6 Published by Academic Publishing International. Edited by: David Gurteen Published by Academic Publishing International Perhaps one of the most surprising if not actually unsettling things about the Internet and the Web is that there is…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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The Evolving Nature of the Firm – Enterprise Social Architectures

More and more enterprise focus is outside the bounded rationality of Coase’s transaction cost economics (TCE). The firms of the past were transactional by nature. Today, the firm is fast evolving to a interaction versus transaction model. This is called the knowledge-based view (KBV). The most valuable enterprise network structures are social. The network patterns…

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Enterprise Mashups

  Finally, after decades of painful disasters and frustration, the corporate IT establishment and KM begin to embrace networks, markets and complexity science vis-a-vis enterprise mashups. BTW, forget about ‘enterprise architecture’ or SOA for authentic business computing. These methods are built by IT people for other IT people. That’s fine, but remember, they fall down…

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