Organizational Emergence Emergence is the process whereby new and novel structures and features are created as we put things together. Organizational emergence describes how the process of emergence plays out within the formation of organizations. The idea of emergence is for many the central idea within systems theory. Much of our conception of organization and [...]
Systems Thinking Management Systems thinking management is an approach to management that is characterized by holistic thinking and the use of the model of a system. System thinking is an alternative paradigm to our more traditional reductionist approach to management. In science there is fundamentally just two different paradigms or processes of reasoning, these two different [...]
A services economy is an economy whose primary activity it based in the tertiary or services sector. The services revolution can be described with reference to very straightforward empirical data. Over the past number of decades, services have come to dominate advanced economies and are slowly but surely coming to dominate the global economy.
Management Overview Management in its general sense is a very fundamental human activity, in its most basic sense, we can understand management as being about organization. That is to say, it is the activity of organizing or arranging things so as to achieve some desired functional outcome. As such management is a pervasive activity that [...]
Complex Projects Complex projectsView Source are projects that are characterized as having many different social and technical elements on many different levels that are interconnected and interdependent. In contrast to simpler projects that are standardized, well-defined endeavors within predictable and stable environments, complex projects typically involve a high degree of uncertainty in defining end [...]
Peer production is a way of producing goods and services that relies on self-organizing groups of individuals. In such communities, the labor of a large number of people is coordinated towards a shared outcome typically through distributed networks without a formal, hierarchical structure.
Collaborative Organizations Collaborative organizations are organizations where collaboration is a default mode due to heightened interconnectivity and interdependence between members. In collaborative organizations, the perceived interdependencies between members creates an attractor towards cooperation and a reduction in hierarchical management structures.View Source The idea of collaborative organizations has risen to prominence in tandem with the [...]
The VUCA Framework The term VUCA is an acronym that stands for volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. The rapid growth of globalization, information technology, and a changing environmental context are all working to take organizations into a much more complex world. This new world is interconnected, interdependent, nonlinear and volatile. The term VUCA has risen [...]
Complexity Management Complexity management can be understood as the application of complexity theory to the practice of management. Thus it draws upon the key insights and ideas from complexity science and uses them to try and manage complex organizations. Examples of these complex organizations would include, cities, international politics, multinational corporations, global logistics networks or [...]