Dig deeper and read some of our articles on managing complexity, from dealing with uncertainty to managing peer-production teams
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 [...]
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 [...]