5 years, 8 months ago

Lawyers, Guns and Money

Last week I tweeted If corporations were socially responsible, we wouldn’t need a name for it. and was taken aback by how many retweets I got for it. It obviously struck a chord with a lot of folks. And, picking up on my previous post, it has everything to do with how vested interests respond […]

5 years, 9 months ago

Conferentie: Van Vinken Naar Vonken – Ondernemen In De Nieuwe Wereld

Ondernemen op basis van zekerheden bestaat in veel gevallen uit het ‘afvinken’ van lijstjes. Ondernemen in een voortdurend veranderende omgeving vraagt om ‘vonken’, waarbij samenwerkende partijen op het juiste moment krachten weten te bundelen. Deze visie staat centraal tijdens ons seminar op woensdag 12 februari 2014. We geven die dag een podium aan mensen en […]

6 years, 6 months ago

Scalability and uniqueness

What actually do we mean by ‘scalability’ in enterprise-architecture? What can and can’t we scale within the architecture, or the process of architecture itself? These questions came up for me in thinking about a comment by Dave Duggal to the previous

6 years, 7 months ago

The craft of knowledge-work, the role of theory and the challenge of scale

If enterprise-architecture is a kind of craft – part art, part science – then how do we get it to scale? Is it even possible to get it to scale? – because if not, the whole enterprise of enterprise-architecture itself

6 years, 8 months ago

Organizational Models for Social Business

Here we go with the third (and last) blog in this series which looks at some underlying theory about organization and management. In the social business context I consider the most significant approach to be Stafford Beer’s Viable Systems Model (VSM). The VSM has two central concepts. The first is feedback, which enables an organization to constantly learn […]

6 years, 8 months ago

Why Becoming Social Isn’t Just For Woolly Headed Idealists

In my last article, ‘Love in the Time of Cholera: How to do Business in a Recession‘, I sketched out what being a social business is about and made the claim that making the change to such a model might be a reasonable response to the current state of the world. Social business can sound pretty idealistic and […]

6 years, 8 months ago

Love in the Time of Cholera: How to do Business in a Recession

A consultant posted a plaintive cry on an online consultancy user forum recently asking for ideas on how you can motivate staff when you have nothing to offer in the way of cash, promotions or training and when they might even face redundancy. Tough indeed. But common enough in the current environment. We’re in the middle (yes, I think it’s still […]

7 years, 4 months ago

How not to do social-business

At the Dachis Social Business Summit, one of the presenters, from Forrester, showed off their notion of the Always-Addressable Customer – combining geolocation and mobile to tailored marketing-messages. The presenter was clearly excited about it, and the two examples she showed

7 years, 4 months ago

Interoperability and interresponsibility

(This one’s somewhat exploratory, so perhaps pardon me if I ramble a bit more even than usual here?) Reading Dion Hinchcliffe’s excellent post ‘Enterprise Social Networks Need Open Standards‘ left me pondering on the whole thorny issue of interoperability, and