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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Apollo 8 or When Sally Met Networks

A network orientation to business is an enormous paradigm shift. Mastery of business ecosystems though precise, empirical network intelligence and comprehensive network analytics is akin to Apollo 8 seeing the earthrise from the moon for the first time.   It changes everything. What Apollo 8 did for humanity is show that the Earth is a…

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Complex Interactions

As the enterprise continues the social reorientation of work and its headlong flight to network logic a new mindset is required. Among the most critical is the transformation from transactions to complex interactions. Transactions to Interactions Processes to Networks  This transformation can be difficult. It’s probably more challenging than the seismic shift in the 1980s…

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Social Business

Too often people add subjective meaning to ‘social.’ Social does not mean wind chimes and incense and campfire Kumbaya parties. Social is simply interaction of organisms with other organisms. Social can be good or bad. War is social. Peace is social. All business is social. Social business is simply wealth creation via complex interactions rather…

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PPACA Redux

Yesterday Colabria Action Research offered a few principles concerning the failure of the PPACA (ObamaCare) application portfolio. The purpose was to refract and anneal decades of large IT system action/research and share. To the extent possible, and as respected information systems scientists, we leave the politics to pundits and politicians.  “Those who cannot remember the…

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Knowledge Transformation

A lot of people still focus on technology to improve knowledge management (KM). Why? Because it is easy. It fits the Western, bureaucratic and corporate mindset. Problem is, it is also not very effective. Technology has the lowest impact to knowledge transformation. Save your money. Rather, in study after study and heaps of commons sense,…

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Enterprise Tribes

A close and respected mid-Atlantic region colleague, concerned about political machinations, mass shootings and government shutdown, said, in so many words, they were concerned and fed up with ‘tribalism.’ Quite to the contrary, it is important to fundamentally reject the pejorative use of tribalism. It’s offensive. Tribalism is healthy foundation that creates human prosperity, growth, sustainability,…

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Enterprise Leadership

There are major enterprise advancements underway. New approaches to enterprise leadership are propelling fundamental advances in productivity and innovation.  Among the most important enterprise leadership is taking a whole systems view of enterprise ecologies. The exact problem is that current methods only offer a fraction of the enterprise picture. The picture is incomplete because the…

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Popular Management Techniques

Popular management techniques come and go. Some are fads. Some are authentic. Here is current list of management techniques from the Website 12Manage. How many are familiar to you? Which are you using? What is your Management IQ? 14 Principles of Management Fayol 3C’s model Ohmae 3rd Party Logistics (3PL) 360-Degree Feedback 4 Dimensions of…

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Knowledge Inventories

The dubious notion of ‘knowledge inventories’ has somehow crept back from the dead. It happens every few years. Beware. Creating ‘knowledge inventories’ is utter nonsense. It has been tried for decades, by very clever people, and gets nowhere. There have been, and will always be, spectacular failures. The problem is the  Newtonian model of analytic…

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