Excerpts from my latest book (published December 23, 2016) “What Is Organizational Intelligence?” Published on Amazon print & Kindle:
An insight provided by complex adaptive systems theory is, “The intelligence of an enterprise is a distributed phenomenon.” It isn’t located in any one place or person. It’s situated in bits distributed throughout the members of your enterprise. The intelligence emerges from the interplay of these distributed “bits”.
Incremental learning is not sufficient to current times. Disruptive technologies demand “disruptive learning”. This is required for an enterprise to continually contribute to the marketplace ahead of others and thereby increase its return on invested capital (ROIC).
More to come
Excerpts from previous books (1995&96) follow:
The Intelligence Advantage: Organizing for complexity
Preface: These advances, and the way in which I intend to present them, will foster insight into ways of organizing productive activity that are consistent with the nature of human beings and society. The way we organized during the Industrial Era perfectly suited times in which information costs were very high. (We need to free ourselves from this outdated thinking) without having to reject the marketplace or hinder the human spirit or intelligence. … It never fails to amaze me when this kind of (rejection of new thinking by executives) is aimed at thinking that has been accepted by scientists and philosophers for decades. These vary same breakthroughs in thinking are responsible for generating the technologies that are reshaping life for everyone in the world.
The joy, beauty and satisfaction that result from the cooperative endeavours of human beings toward a common end are seldom matched by anything else. Community emerges out of such work endeavours. And a sense of making a different in life is impossible without them.
Introduction: To be worthy of the label “new era”, the changes that take place must be so pervasive that the very structures of society are affected. When an era changes, everything that we used to count on becomes shaky. Old “truths” are not longer reliable. The world that we are familiar with and competent in seems to be more and more mysterious. Yet an era change is not really very mysterious. (but it is beautiful and enlightening) In fact, it is filled with countless opportunities for those who take the trouble to learn the new ways of thinking from which the era change arises.
More excerpts to come.
The Praxis Equation: Design Principles for Intelligent Organization
Introduction: Years ago, in reading Christopher Alexander’s book, A Pattern Language, I was deeply influenced by the ideas he presented. Perhaps the most significant idea for me was about using structured language to design or transform the plan of community building, public spaces and infrastructure. Such a language provides a template that influences the emergence of patterns, without every specifying the exact patterns that might emerge. Only a few basic elements, constituting a given level of template, will open the door for infinite expression with each further expression being unique, and leading to more detailed levels, while at the same time, all working as a whole.