Knowledge-based Organizations

  Work in knowledge-based organizations is social. Activities include collaboration and sharing. Work products are improvisational. Success requires judgment and freedom to act. There is a heavy reliance on others. Trust is key. Knowledge creation and flow span organizational boundaries. Social networks propel excellence in knowledge-based organizations. In contrast, transactional organizations are different. Integrated process…

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Open Leadership

It is surprising how little most leaders, managers and know about the networks they inhabit. The overbearing focus on management, processes and managerialism is harmful. The evolution to networks and open leadership is essential. Of course, fixed structure and deliberate control are important elements of the smooth operation of many business activities. They are best…

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Social Network Websites

Most Social Network Websites will fail. Some attempt to call themselves social network services (SNS). They’re not.  Most all are actually application destinations, not services. Application focus and centralization is the fatal flaw of them all. They are like the wall-cities and castles of Europe. Suitable at one point, but structurally failing over time. As…

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Electronic Frontier Foundation

       Electronic Frontier Foundation Save the date and join us for this year’s Electronic Frontier Foundation Pioneer Awards ceremony on September 19th 2013. The annual Pioneer Awards honor luminaries who have contributed substantially to the health, growth, accessibility, or freedom of computer-based communications with extraordinary technical, economic, or cultural contributions. Past Electronic Frontier…

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Narcissus Loves Facebook

Often the narcissism of social technology can be a great nuisance. The everyday minutiae of individual daily life seems to creep into social media. Clinically narcissistic social media behaviours are counterproductive. After all, among the biggest social media applications is, well, not surprisingly called, “Face”book. (?) Most of Facebook is objective narcissism and rather inappropriate.…

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Managerialism

Managerialism is the belief and practice that organizations have more similarities than differences. Managerialism holds the performance of all organizations can be optimized by the application of generic management skills and theory. Many enterprise and government people, particularly in knowledge management (KM), suffer the grave disease of  managerialism. To a practitioner of managerialism, there is…

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Collective Intelligence 2014

Collective Intelligence 2014 Collective Intelligence 2014 is an interdisciplinary conference seeks to bring together researchers from a variety of fields relevant to understanding and designing collective intelligence of many types. Collective Intelligence 2014 topics of interest include but are not limited to: human computation social computing crowdsourcing wisdom of crowds (e.g., prediction markets) group memory and extended…

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Enterprise Educrats

 It is a relief that enterprise educrats are finally realizing and accepting that learning is socially mediated. It is good to see firms abandoning their failed strategies for monolithic learning applications, transactional learning management systems (LMS) and centrally controlled collaboration. It is rewarding to see the majority of folks accept this model for enterprise efforts…

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Hastily Formed Networks

  http://www.nps.edu/ Monterey, California USA As network science, social networks and network analysis expand rapidly and become the lingua franca of business, economics and society, novel and important network patterns continuously reveal themselves. They deserve attention, thinking, visualization and analysis. Some are new and others are continuously evolving. They are central to knowledge, productivity, resilient…

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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 Production and Distribution of Knowledge

It is often amusing to hear knowledge management (KM) speakers, consultants and so-called thought leaders give their impression of the history of KM. Hardly any ever cites economist Fritz Machlup. It’s a big mistake.  “The Production and Distribution of Knowledge in the United States (Princeton 1961)  presents not only the assessment of the changes affecting…

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Visual Complexity

http://www.visualcomplexity.com   Colabria Action Research sponsors and recommends VisualComplexity.com. Colabria also recommends, “Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns of Information” by Manuel Lima. You are encouraged to subscribe to the ‘Latest Projects’ RSS feed. Here is some background from the Visual Complexity Website About page —  VisualComplexity.com intends to be a unified resource space for anyone interested in…

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