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Network Societies

The information revolution is often identified as the most profound driver of change in our world today enabling an ongoing disruptive transformation in the deep structure to our Industrial Age social institutions as we move further into the 21st century. Information technology has unleashed the most radical force of our time, hyperconnectivity, that is reshaping all areas of our technology, economy and social institutions according to a new set of rules, those of access, network structure

Platform Society

The early days of the internet - when we were still imagining what the future information society might look like - have given way to the new reality of social platforms, as online digital platforms have risen to dominate social interaction on the internet.

Open Organizations

From communism to capitalism and virtually every kind of socio-economic system of organization in-between there has been the same underlining principle, that only formal closed institutions could coordinate social systems and generate value at scale.

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 dynamically changing situation of a military engagement where there is a lack of information. Events often just happen in a chaotic and unpredictable fashion in what is also called the "fog of war". Military commanders sometimes describe this as being in a world of unknown unknowns – this is the extreme version of a VUCA world. In this section, we will talk about how to develop strategies for operating within this VUCA environment. So let’s start by talking a bit about strategy and our traditional approach to it in a non­VUCA world.

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

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, contrasting it with relatively "tame,” solvable problems.

Networked Organizations

In this video, we talk about the rise of the networked economy within post-industrial societies, how it is enabling whole new forms of networked organizations and the access economy.

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 traffic manage to organize themselves into emergent patterns without any form of global coordination. In this video, we will look at how self-organization applies to organization design and business management.

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 systems thinking we can try to identify integrative solutions that turn zero-sum either-or dynamics into positive-sum situations.

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