￼System Dynamics System dynamics is a systems-based approach to modeling complex organizations that is focused on feedback loops, stocks and flows. System dynamics is a modeling language from systems theory that is used in the management of organizations in order to try and capture how local causal links and feedback loops interact over time to [...]
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 [...]
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 Space Age to the Information Age to Globalization
Complex Projects Complex projects 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 objectives, they [...]
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 [...]