PJ Evans

UFHRD Conference 5 June 2013

This years UFHRD conference is themed on human resource development (HRD) and the challenges and opportunities in times of economic uncertainty. I’ll be life blogging the event as best I can (including a disregard for the conventions of spelling, syntax and grammer). First up is a keynote address from Kathryn Mountford, Head of HR at the […]

Organisation as learning entity

An interesting post here  from Harold Jarche on wirearchies. This conclusion, in particular, resonated for me: Becoming a wirearchy requires new organizational structures that incorporate communities and networks. In addition, they require new ways of doing work, like thinking in terms ofperpetual Beta and doing manageable probes to test complex problems. It’s a new way of doing work, within […]

Social Learning Business (?) linkage [03092012]

A few interesting links and snippets: New free 27-page book from @jaycross – Learning is Business – a short, succinct and good read A good summary here on communities of practice in organisations-as-networks – ie, social business (not social enterprise and without getting all humpty dumpty, I enjoyed this: Take ‘social business’, a term I […]

Personal knowledge networks

I’ve just been reading Knowledge Management: A Personal Knowledge Network Perspective in the Journal of Knowledge Management. The Author, Mohammed Chatti has made a pre-publication version available here. As stated in the abstract: The PKN model views knowledge as a personal network and represents a knowledge ecological approach to KM the emphasis here is on […]

Designing culture

An interesting summary post here from Emergent by Design on organisational culture and learning for adaptive capacity giving a summary of The Culture Game book. I would particularly pick out the following the implied double-loop learning of examine your norms. As the post goes on to state: Treating various tasks and interactions as experiments has […]

A New Agenda for Organisational Effectiveness?

Earlier this week, I went to a CIPD Knowledge into Practice Seminar and launch of the CIPD book, People & Organisational Development: a new agenda for organisational effectiveness. The authors argued that the dominant business paradigm of shareholder value is nolonger fit for purpose – we,the public, expect more from companies as “good” citizens. In […]

social businesses – the sociability of what?

I’ve recently come across a number of posts on the concept of the “social business” such as here as a social networks/ interactionist/ collaborative view of the firm (rather than as the more-than-profit organisation). It reminds me of the notion of informal coalitions or the shadow organisation, or “it ain’t what, its who you know” […]

Influences on Cognitive Edge

From Seneca to a General Theory of Love, a list of books that influenced Cognitive Edge. Who says organisational studies is dull! Which reminds me to follow up on: A Narrative Approach to Organization Studies. By: Barbara Czarniawska; Explorations in Information Space: Knowledge, Agents, and Organization. By: Boisot, Macmillan & Kyeong Seok Han Complex Knowledge: […]

Monkeys with typewriters

I’ve received mt copy of Monkeys with Typewriters by Jemima Gibbons. The book launch event has a good write-up here. I’ve only read the first chapter so far but find the writing style really engaging – I could have stayed up and read a whole lot more …. What I particularly appreciated was the discussion […]

sociability of enterprises

An interesting post here from Idris Mootee on how social media can by-pass hierarchies and sources of inertia as a communications/ dialogue and collaboration channels. As he points out, its the smart companies that get this, which I take to really mean the smart managers, executives and people – afterall, it can be one thing […]

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