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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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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…

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Real Knowledge Management Books

While effective knowledge management (KM) can only be achieved through conversation, collaboration, community and complex interactions, some foundational masterworks are useful.     Beware! It is important to steer clear of books from specious ‘knowledge management institutes,’ silly ‘knowledge management councils’ and malignant knowledge management training groups. Avoid so-called knowledge management thought leaders’ too. Mostly these are…

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AngelList User Group

   https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/108003558646876212824   Thanks to the hundreds of you for making the AngelList User Group (ALUG) pilot an enormous success. As we transition from the pilot phase to full production, among the important questions is the technology and community platforms we use. This message helps you understand our strategy. Meetup (MU) – this an ok…

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What is Colabria Action Research?

Colabria is an action research network. Scholars and academics sometimes call it praxis intervention. The focus is proximate. The scope is global. Colabria conducts periodic collaborations, conferences and confabulations. They are known as Colabria Clusters. The purpose is to Create The Future. Colabria was founded in San Francisco in 1996. Ongoing themes include network science,…

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Bay Area I-Node

              Lester Center for EntrepreneurshipReceives Major National Science FoundationGrant to Head Bay Area I-Node February 25, 2013Berkeley, California The University of California, Berkeley, the University of California, San Francisco and Stanford University are collaborating on an educational program aimed at commercializing university research and fostering innovation locally and nationally,…

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