The Streetlight Effect

Why do some enterprise social media and online groups succeed when so many others fail? How do different patterns of enterprise collaboration and populations of users differ from one another? How do contribution vary? How do these differences illustrate the roles people play within their knowledge networks? How can I visualize and optimize my networks…

Systems Thinking Experience

Colabria Action Research recommends Beyond Connecting the Dots – A Systems Thinking Interactive Learning Environment. Beyond Connecting the Dots is a novel and thoughtful systems thinking experience. Here is a description from the makers — Beyond Connecting the Dots is a new kind of book on Systems Thinking and Modeling providing an exciting experience that…

Training versus Development

The objective of Colabria Action Research is leadership development. The Colabria Cluster Method draws from praxis intervention and Presence. Unfortunately, many don’t know the difference in Training versus Development. This fun list by Mike Myatt, a Forbes contributor, is helpful. 1. Training blends to a norm – Development occurs beyond the norm. 2. Training focuses on…

Colabria Testimonials

Written Colabria Testimonials are among the best way communities and networks validate. Unlike “TED/TEDx” Colabria Action Research’s middle name is not ‘entertainment;’  it’s ACTION. That’s why Colabria and its social networks are widely acknowledged as leaders.  Here is a modest sample of Colabria Testimonials concerning your global Action/Research Clusters.  “Thank you for putting this cluster…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Enterprise Code Words

In the popular, five-season, 1960s television comedy Get Smart, the notoriously unreliable ‘Cone of Silence’ appeared often. The ‘Cone’ was a sound-proof polycarbonate device to protect the most secret of conversations among the functionaries of CONTROL. The joke was that the ‘Cone’ rarely worked properly. It strained conversation and prevented communication. It interfered with effective…