Complexity Digest June 2014

  Good Fences: The Importance of Setting Boundaries for Peaceful Coexistence We consider the conditions of peace and violence among ethnic groups, testing a theory designed to predict the locations of violence and interventions that can promote peace. Characterizing the model’s success in predicting peace requires examples where peace prevails despite diversity. Switzerland is recognized…

KM and Philosophy

For one reason or another online knowledge management (KM) groups attracts philosophical scholarship. Often it is just academic bloviating. Sometimes it descends into intellectual bullying and trolling. For the most part, KM and philosophy don’t mix. Of course reasonable people just ignore divisive and counter-productive behaviors of amateur philosophers in online KM groups. Still, because…

Transaction-Cost Economics and ESA

The firms of the past were transactional by nature. Ronald Coase’s Transaction-Cost Economics (TCE) was the theory of the firm. Today, the firm is fast evolving to an interaction versus transaction model. This is called the knowledge-based view (KBV). The most valuable enterprise network structures are social. Enterprise network patterns have complex properties. The logic of…