Biology of Business

Biology is a far better philosophical and practical foundation for 21st Century business than physics and mechanics. Process management, information technology, engineering, and measurement offer poor archetypes for business prosperity. Multidisciplinary naivety, an overbearing mechanical orientation, process fetish, and debilitating indifference to living systems are among the root causes of spectacular business failures. The Biology of…

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Patterns

It is rewarding to see patterns enter mainstream business vernacular. Except for biology, patterns have long been an academic backwater. Analysis of patterns and structures are seeing increased use in business. Many examples are now in the forefront such as ecosystems, diversity, viral apps, etc. Expect to see far more pattern idioms to describe business prosperity (and…

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Business Oxymora Meets Culture

Modern enterprise management is rife with oxymora. Many are hilarious corporate doublespeak such as constant change, accurate estimate or irregular pattern. Others aren’t funny, they’re harmful. Among the most harmful is codified culture. Too often business writes down banal claims about culture. ‘People Are Our Number One Asset” is a classic chestnut. On the contrary,…

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Employee Engagement

Kids Speak Out on Student (Employee) Engagement by Heather Wolpert-Gawron Image credit: iStockphoto Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement is is an excellent essay on how to improve student engagement in the classroom. It is highly recommended. It is so darn great it was modulated for lifelong learning and employee engagement. It elaborates the critical leadership principles for sustained business…

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Management Science

At the Management Science site ‘12manage’ they ask you to select your Management Interest Group. Some are listed below. Of course, everyone uses CAGR, EBITDA, and P/E Ratio every day. How many others do you know? It is important to recognize these as mostly tortured rhetorical flourishes rather than useful techniques. Remember, management science, methods and…

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What is Colabria Action Research?

Colabria is an action research network. Scholars and academics sometimes call it praxis intervention. The focus is proximate. The scope is global. Colabria conducts periodic collaborations, conferences and confabulations. They are known as Colabria Clusters. The purpose is to Create The Future. Colabria was founded in San Francisco in 1996. Ongoing themes include network science,…

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Brooks’ Law

The global praxis ecosystem of Colabria Action Research is inhabited by recognized authorities on large IT system design, development and deployments. Commentary on very large enterprise and consumer systems helps refract, anneal and share decades of hands-on experience and executive leadership. Today’s lesson is on Brooks’ Law and large-scale government IT & systems failure. To…

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Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing exponentially. IoT will impact all dimensions of business, education, government, military and civil society. IoT propels Colabria’s traditional action/research initiatives and enterprise advisory activities. At Colabria we recently completed a confidential, multi-year research study of Enterprise IoT. (It’s why things have been so quiet.) The sponsors were CIOs…

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Colabria Enterprise Clusters

Colabria is an action research network. Scholars and academics call it praxis intervention. The focus is proximate. The scope is global. Periodic collaborations, conferences, and confabulations propel Colabria. They are known as Colabria Clusters. The purpose is to Create The Future. Colabria was founded in San Francisco in 1996. Ongoing themes include enterprise leadership, social…

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Nobel Prize

Thomson Reuters just released their annual forecast of potential winners of this year’s Nobel Prize in each category: chemistry, physics, medicine, and economics. Excerpt:  “Mark S. Granovetter at Stanford University is more of a sociologist than an economist, but his innovative work in economic sociology has landed him on Thomson Reuters’ list of contenders for the…

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Distributed Collaboration Summit

Collaborative Strategies Introduces First Ever Distributed Collaboration Summit Conference Promises to Deliver Latest Insights Into Collaboration and Distributed Teams in the New Workplace SAN MATEO, CALIF. (Sept. 11, 2014) — Research firm Collaboration Strategies, Inc. will bring together industry leaders at its inaugural Distributed Collaboration Summit (DCS), Jan. 15 and 16, 2015. The two-day conference…

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