Alignment

So-called ‘alignment’ is among the most hackneyed, overused and specious business terms in use today. It is a close second to the king of overused, trite and meaningless business expressions: leverage. Don’t fret, leverage is in a first-place tie with the queen of platitudinous, turgid and meaningless business words: value. Did you ever notice how…

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Enterprise KM Metrics

There is a lot of deceptive nonsense about knowledge management (KM) measures and metrics. Let’s face it, for typical commercial business activities there is only one enterprise KM metric – discounted cash flow (DCF). Sure, there are other lofty Enterprise KM Metrics like triple-bottom line (TBL), people-planet-profit, etc., but they all depend on DCF. Without DCF there…

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Victorian Networks?

  Someone remarked the other day, “Our problem at work is that we don’t have a social network yet.” We call this thinking Victorian Networks since the primitive thinking is akin to Victorian-era medical practices. Many of those practices were based on the theory of humorism not science. Stunning network naivety is pervasive. It must…

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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 SNS

The problems with enterprise social network services (SNS) are pervasive, insidious and costly. (Please don’t call them social media.) Fortunately, the solutions are simple and free. Unfortunately, various industry actors, and their hype, hubris and hyperbole, create deliberate barriers to matching the problem with solutions and achieving prosperous outcomes. This needs rectification.   Remember, enterprise SNS…

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Collective Intelligence 2014

Collective Intelligence 2014 MIT, Cambridge, MA June 10-12, 2014 www.collectiveintelligence2014.org This interdisciplinary conference seeks to bring together researchers from a variety of fields relevant to understanding and designing collective intelligence of many types. Topics of interest include but are not limited to: human computation social computing crowdsourcing wisdom of crowds (e.g., prediction markets) group memory…

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Back to the Future

The headlong flight to social business is accelerating. Management techniques and leadership methods are changing right along. Rather than anything new or novel, the distinct approach is “Back to the Future.” Oh, and it’s way overdue. Success in social business depends on complex interactions. These interactions inhabit diverse social networks. Ancient human tools allow mastery…

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Knowledge Repository

Recently Colabria Action Research was asked to review a relatively new offering in the ‘knowledge repository’ domain. The basic proposition was a SharePoint extension. The intention was to facilitate collaboration, capture organizational procedures and syndicate ‘knowledge’ for all stakeholders. Often there exists utility for ‘Best Practice’ information and content in embedded bureaucracy. Well-established business procedures and…

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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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World Technology Summit & Awards

Not going this year due to prior longstanding obligations. However, it is highly recommended! Please bookmark and ‘Share This Post.’    Sample activities: • Jason Pontin, Editor/Publisher, MIT Technology Review on the top 10 technologies of 2013. • David Hanson unveiling the most advanced humanoid robot ever made.  • Ariel Garten launching her thought-controlled computing…

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Enterprise Mega-Shifts

The enterprise is undergoing massive, seismic shifts. The last enterprise mega-shifts were in the late 1980s and 1990s. Prior to the 1980s, for most of the 20th Century, businesses were organized functionally. Discrete corporate departments led manufacturing, sales, marketing, human resources and so forth. Well-managed businesses enjoyed equilibrium and steady growth. Enterprise Value Chain Circa…

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Greatly Exaggerated

There is a lot of silly talk about the ‘death’ of various elements of social business or social business altogether. The death of social business is greatly exaggerated. Newsflash: all business is social. Business is not dying. Business is simply a social arrangement for exchange of goods, services and revenues. No exceptions. Still, there is a…

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SNA and Media Studies

A non-exhaustive, ad hoc and noteworthy bibliography on SNA and Media Studies. Prepared by Mathieu O’Neil on SocNet. To make adjustments and updates please visit the open wiki list at Google Sites.   Barnett, G.A., T.L. Jacobson, Y. Choi, & S.L. Sun-Miller (1996) An Examination of the International Telecommunication Network. The Journal of International Communication, 3, 19-43,.…

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Employee Engagement

Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement by Heather Wolpert-Gawron April 26, 2012 Image credit: iStockphoto Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement is is an excellent essay on how to improve student engagement in the classroom. It is highly recommended. It is so darn great it was modulated for social business and knowledge management (KM). It…

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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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Nonaka @ Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (Part II)

Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (Vienna University of Economics and Business) is the largest b-school in Europe. It was the venue for a lecture by Ikujiro Nonaka. The Wall Street Journal Ranks Professor Ikujiro Nonaka as One of the World’s Most Influential Business Thinkers. Ikujiro Nonaka   This is Part II concerning distributed knowledge leadership and the future…

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Ikujiro Nonaka

Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (Vienna University of Economics and Business) is the largest b-school in Europe. It was the venue for a lecture by colleague Ikujiro Nonaka. Colabria Action Research was in Vienna conducting the European Collective Intelligence Summit.    Surprisingly, Nonaka’s essential principles are still foreign to many people. There is also an occasional, oddball challenge to…

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Network Boneheads

In 1974 half the incoming freshmen at UC Berkeley flunked a basic English composition test. Other major US universities reported similar failures. One English department head remarked about the matriculates, “Students can’t carry through an idea in writing; they have no idea what a paragraph is; they are unable to string details together in a…

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