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Catalytic Conversations

Author : Ann C. Baker
ISBN : 9781317475309
Genre : Business & Economics
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In today's increasingly globalized world, it is essential that people of diverse ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds learn to work together and communicate effectively. This book offers a breakthrough approach to recognizing that differences among people are resources for organizations to tap as they strive to anticipate change and adapt rapidly in an unpredictable world. "Catalytic Conversations" provides a conceptual framework for understanding how complex communication patterns of social networks influence, and are influenced by, organizational structures. It discusses how to enhance the quality and viability of groups and organizational life by paying attention to how people talk - and do not talk - to each other. The book distinguishes between conversations that support organizational enhancement and others that inhibit innovation, and explores the complexity of organizational communication in detail.

Complexity And Knowledge Management

Author : Kurt A. Richardson
ISBN : 9781607523574
Genre : Business & Economics
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It seems as if attempts to use knowledge to understand and manage social networks are everywhere. Millions, if not billions, of dollars are being spent in an attempt to derail terrorist networks, with much of it being invested in making sense of massive data streams. There is growing concern that much of this money is being squandered on approaches that will never deliver on their promises. Our armed forces are being prepared to combat terrorist threats by the introduction of “network centric approaches” and “digital battlefields” – basically attempts to provide warfighters with a complete picture of the battlespace. However, the experience of practitioners suggests that the “data smog” this creates is actually counterproductive. From the arena of politics, the recent invigorating battle between senators Clinton and Obama has thrown the spotlight on the deficiencies in political polling (Economist, 2008b). Changes in the structure of the situation (e.g. high turnouts) have thrown the whole industry into chaos. Complexity is being discounted and the results are stark. The conclusion formed in the media was that the situation was wildly unpredictable (so anyone’s to win), and ended up having real consequences for the Democratic challenger in November 2008 (Baldwin, 2008). Turning to business, we find that Société Générale recently lost $7.2bn as the result of a single rogue trader making a series of bogus transactions amid turbulent markets in 2007 and 2008. There has been much speculation on what was known, when it was known, and who knew it. In other words, we have speculation that this is an example of the role of knowledge in the mismanagement of social networks – with spectacular effect. At a glance, the problems highlighted above seem positively overwhelming. Where do you start? But start we must. Simple “cause and effect” thinking doesn’t seem to be able to cut the mustard. There is broad agreement that even if the Kyoto targets were fully met, on schedule, by 2100 it would only delay the warming of the planet by six years (Parry et al., 1998). We need to utilize knowledge in new ways…or maybe uncover insights from old ways. It is hard to think of something more worthy of attention that the role of knowledge in the management of complex systems. In Volume 4 of the Managing the Complex Series we have brought together seventeen essays from authors around the globe to explore the complex systems view of knowledge and its role in social networks. Contributors explore such topics as: the limitations to our knowledge of complex systems, the transfer of knowledge from local to global levels, collaborative knowledge generation, decision making in complex multistakeholder situations, organizational learning and innovation, all through the lens of the emerging field of complexity science. The editors hope that this volume will give theorists further avenues to explore in their attempts to understand knowledge creation, maintenance and distribution, and also provide practitioners with new tools to apply in the complex and messy real world.

The Role Of Leadership Educators

Author : Kathy L. Guthrie
ISBN : 9781641131001
Genre : Education
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Leadership, as a discipline, leadership education, as a field, and leadership educator, as a profession are still in their infancy and rapidly evolving. As professionals in higher education, we are constantly asked to provide opportunities for students to learn leadership, whether that is inside or outside of the classroom. However, very little, if any professional development occurs in how to create such learning opportunities. This book provides resources for leadership educators in three sections. The first section sets the stage for leadership education and the professional work of leadership educators, culminating with a variety of professional development resources for leadership educators. The second section introduces a leadership learning framework, provides characteristics and examples of strong leadership programs and assessment practices, and describes the transformative practice of leadership education. The third and final section offers specific instructional and assessment strategies ranging from discussion, case study, and reflection, to team-based- and service-learning to self-assessments, role-play, simulation, and games, to fulfill learning outcomes.

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ISBN : 0835250199
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Technology In Mental Health Care Delivery Systems

Author : Joseph B. Sidowski
ISBN : UCAL:B4497412
Genre : Social Science
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Look At More

Author : Andy Stefanovich
ISBN : 111801961X
Genre : Business & Economics
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Praise for Look At More "Andy Stefanovich is a masterful storyteller and a true 'curator of inspiration.' Look At More gives you a dose of Andy's adrenaline and creative can-do spirit, and it provides you with a powerful how-to guide for inspiring workplace innovation that lasts."—Beth Comstock, chief marketing officer, GE "Andy Stefanovich has always exhorted his clients to 'look at more stuff, think about it harder.' With this inspired and inspiring book, he shares dozens upon dozens of ways to put that principle to work. Look At More offers a way to real business transformation." —Daniel H. Pink, author, A Whole New Mind and Drive "Andy offers the reader a unique insight into what it really takes to create innovation within the structure of a corporate environment today. Andy doesn't think outside the box. He blows it up and starts again, helping large corporations think and behave like start-ups." —Duncan Wardle, vice president, Creative Inc., Disney Company "Andy Stefanovich delivers a host of innovative approaches to transform you and your business. The addictive narrative, while informative and actionable, is as creative as he wants us all to be."—Ivy Ross, executive vice president, marketing, Gap Brand at Gap Inc. "Look At More gives business leaders a practical and comprehensive framework to build, maintain, and most importantly inspire innovation not only at work but in all parts of life."—Stew Friedman, Wharton professor and author, Total Leadership

The Information Systems Research Challenge

Author : Robert L. Ashenhurst
ISBN : STANFORD:36105039851410
Genre : Business & Economics
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The Conversation Of Journalism

Author : Rob Anderson
ISBN : UOM:39015031787412
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Draws on media's past strengths to define a more responsive role for journalism's future. This work covers many current trends: minority voices, providing interactive community forums, reconciling informational and entertainment functions, understanding bias and creating public opinion.

Thunderbolt Thinking

Author : Grace McGartland
ISBN : 0773756574
Genre : Creative thinking
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Organizations that require high performance, strong teamwork, creativity, and innovation will welcome this five-step, how-to model that charges employers to create a dynamic, thought-provoking work envirmonment--and to smash gridlock thinking. Illustrations. Index.

Cleantech 2007

Author : Wade Adams
ISBN : UVA:X030257177
Genre : Business & Economics
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The Cleantech conference which runs parallel with NSTI's Nanotech, is designed to promote advancements in traditional technologies, emerging technologies, and clean business practices, covering important developments in renewable energy, clean technologies, business and policy, bio-energy, and novel technologies, as well as environmental and clean and green advancements. Collected into its own volume for the first time, the papers from Cleantech 2007 cut across every scientific and engineering discipline to address those issues relevant to maintaining and improving the sustainability of our planet

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