064 – Narratives as attractors (within CAS) encore

This episode is part of a discussion of organizations as complex adaptive systems. Organizational narratives can serve as attractors to align behavior within an organization to its broader goals and objectives, thus providing a tool to help shape an organization’s cognition and action(s) as the future flows toward it. Narratives can also serve as attractors in other contexts, for instance in the 2016 US Presidential election.

Charles G. Chandler, Ph.D.
cchandler@AssumptionAnalysis.com

063 – Can Holacracy replace Bureaucracy?

In this episode, I interview Karim Bishay, the principal consultant at Living Orgs., based in Oakland, California. We discuss the organizational governance technology termed holacracy, where decision making is vested in self-organizing teams (structured around work roles) rather than a rigidly-dictated management hierarchy. As to the question of whether holacracy can replace bureaucracy, the quick answer is… Yes. Tune in to learn more.

Charles G. Chandler, Ph.D.
cchandler@AssumptionAnalysis.com

Connect with Karim at http://www.LivingOrgs.com

 

062 – Programming the work (Part II) encore

In this episode, I continue the discussion on programming the organization that was begun last week. This week’s episode focuses on programming under uncertainty, illustrating techniques such as searching for positive deviance, embedding an agent within a complex system, and co-creating a solution with the stakeholders.

Charles G. Chandler, Ph.D.
cchandler@AssumptionAnalysis.com

References:
1. TED talk by Monique Sternin on malnutrition in Vietnam

2. Talk by Cheryl Dahle on the Future of Fish initiative