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The VUCA Framework

The VUCA Framework The rapid growth of globalization, information technology, and a changing environmental context are all working to take us into a much more complex world. This new world is...

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Agile Project Management

Agile Project Management When we are operating within a stable and predictable environment, we can break projects down into stages and use a linear process of stepping through them stage by stage...

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Complex Projects

Complex Projects In 2009, the Project Management Institute (PMI) announced their book of the year as the publication entitled “Managing Complex Projects, A New Model” declaring it a...

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Wicked Problems

Wicked Problems With developed economies reaching the end of the process of industrialization, we have witnessed the rise of new forms of highly complex challenges that have moved to the...

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Network Organizations

Network Organizations The rise of networks and hyperconnectivity is one of the most radical and powerful forces shaping our world today. The advent of information technology and the internet has...

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Self-organization

Self-organization Self-organization is one of the major themes within complex systems and a pervasive phenomenon in our world. Complex organizations like schools of fish, ant colonies, and car...

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Collaborative Organizations

Collaborative Organizations As a recent research paper on the subject of organizational collaboration notes “Collaboration does not come naturally for most employees, particularly those...

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Open Platform Organizations

Open Platform Organizations Complex systems are fundamentally open systems. That is to say, they have such a high level of connection and exchange with their environment that we can no longer...

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Systems Dynamics

Systems Dynamics The emphasis within the systems and complexity paradigm is on local interactions and how this gives rise to emergent macro level phenomena of the state to the whole organization....

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Emergence

Emergence Our general conception of organization and the profession of management is built around the idea of a hierarchy within organizations through which control is exercised in a downward...

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Systems Thinking

Systems Thinking Complexity management is an alternative paradigm to our traditional management approach. If we are going to manage anything, we are going to have to have some representation or...

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Complexity Management

Complexity Management This is a high-level overview to the domain of complexity management, which we will be going over in more detail in following articles. We can understand complexity...

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Complexity

Complexity Complexity management, as opposed to traditional practices, may be defined simply as the management of complex systems. So, before we can go much further, we really need to give some...

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Management

Management Complexity management is an alternative approach or paradigm to more traditional management methods. Thus, it might be of value to start off by discussing what is meant by...

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Complexity Management Overview

In this paper, we give a high-level overview of the domain of complexity management. We can understand complexity management as the application of complexity theory to the practice of management....

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What is VUCA?

A short video introducing the acronym VUCA. VUCA is an acronym used to describe situations or environments that engender high levels of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity....

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The Nature of Wicked Problems

With developed economies reaching the end of the process of industrialization we have witnessed the rise of new forms of highly complex challenges that have moved to the forefront of social concerns....

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VUCA Explained

The common usage of the term VUCA began in the 1990s and derives from military vocabulary, where it refers to the experience of officers in operations. It tries to capture the uncertain and...

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Complex Project Management

A project is a temporary endeavor composed of a set of tasks that are coordinated into achieving a particular result. It is designed to execute on the organization’s strategy...

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Wicked Problems Explained

The concept of a wicked problem first derives from social planning and political science. Horst Rittel and Melvin Webber formally described the concept of wicked problems back in the 1970s,...

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Self-Organizing Teams

Self-organization is one of the major themes within complex systems and a pervasive phenomenon in our world, complex organizations like schools of fish, ant colonies, and car traffic manage to...

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Collaborative Organizations

In this video, we look at how creating collaborative organizations requires connecting people and aligning their incentives and interests with the whole organization. We talk about how through...

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Platform Organizations

Here we look at open platform organizations, where a platform organization is an organization that supports the interaction or exchange between two or more other parties....

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Systems Dynamics

System dynamics is one modeling language from systems theory that is used in the management of large complex systems in order to try and capture these local causal links and how their...

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Globalization A Changing Context

Globalization refers to a process of increased interconnectivity between people around the world. This interconnectivity creates greater interdependence, with this global interdependence then...

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Systems Thinking Management

In this video we look at systems thinking as applied to management. Systems thinking is a paradigm, a paradigm is the fundamental conceptual framework or model we use for interpreting events...

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Networked Organizations

We are pleased to present our short film about complexity management and networked organizations with narration from Don Tapscott. The rise of networked organizations can be seen as a new form of...

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Economic Systems & Complexity

What is an economy? It is a surprisingly simple question that would leave many - even economists - a bit caught for words. Today we talk about economies in quite technical terms, with reference...

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Age of Transition

At the turn of the 21st century our global economy is in both a rapid and fundamental process of change. This change is most often understood as a transformation from an industrial form of...

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Age of Disruption: Trailer

Age of Transition is a series of short films on the fundamental changes taking place within the global economy at the turn of the 21st century as it evolves into a more complex form....

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Ambiguity

Ambiguity is the quality of being open to more than one interpretation. It results in the haziness of reality; the potential for misreading and mixed meanings to conditions. In relatively simple...

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Uncertainty

Uncertainty is the inability to know everything fully. It is a fundamental property of complex systems primarily due to, the large number of elements, high interconnectivity, interdependence,...

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Services Economy

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...

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The Rise Of Complexity

As the Industrial Age appears to be coming to a close we are left scrabbling for new terms to define the world we live in in the 21st century and there are no shortage of candidates from the...

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Peer-Production

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...

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Paradigm of Sustainability

The paradigm of sustainability is a new way of seeing post-industrial societies and their relationship to the natural environment, it is a recognition of the fundamentally unsustainable nature to...

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Information Society

An information society is a society whose primary economic activity is the processing and exchanging of information and knowledge. It is built upon a new wave of technological development brought...

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Globalization

Globalization represents the proliferation of relations on a global scale. The abstract phenomenon of globalization is one of the major processes of change in our world today. It is a social,...