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The practitioner’s landscape by Glenda H. Eoyang

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 10, 2005
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Papers which provide practical advice on the design of complexity-based interventions for organisational issues are rare. E:CO (a new complexity journal) is attending to this shortcoming by including a practitioner’s section in its journal. In the latest volume, Glenda Eoyang presents her practitioner’s landscape based on more than 15 years of applying complexity science to […]

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Intention in a complex system

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 23, 2004
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For the past four years I’ve used the Cynefin framework to help managers to understand the varied nature of the issues they face and to appreciate that some of these issues are better understood as complex adaptive systems. The beauty of the Cynefin framework is that it accepts the validity of rational, linear, and mechanistic […]

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Intervention design for complex issues

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 17, 2004
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The Cynefin framework can be used to identify complex issues. In this situation, the term ‘complex’ does not necessarily mean that things are ‘complicated’; rather the term means that these issues are more than the sum of their parts. In other words, it means that a group’s behaviour cannot be understood or predicted by looking […]

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The Melbourne Emergence Meetup

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 15, 2004
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We started the Melbourne Emergence Meetup three months ago as an experiment in developing a face to face community of practice. Our aim (apart from learning about complexity) is to discover how a community might form without online discussion forums. We meet monthly at 6pm at the Melbourne City Library. This group consists of about […]

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Peeling the potatoes

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 6, 2004
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Denham Grey draws attention to Etienne Wenger’s idea that communities of practice can form the centre piece of a knowledge strategy. And then makes the observation: What I found missing here is the community level practices to grow knowledge – think patterns, ontologies, distinctions, concept mapping, collaborative writing, knowledge mapping and beyond One of the […]

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Abstract – Community variety from a complexity perspective

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 2, 2004
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Hi Nancy, thanks for your comment. Here is the abstract for the paper. A new framework for communities of practice is required to unite the disjointed approaches currently employed to understand this organisational form. This paper proposes a framework based on complexity theory and applies a model developed by Axelrod and Cohen. A set of […]

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Communities and the role of variety

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 26, 2004
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I just heard today that a chapter Trish Milne and I wrote has been published. The book is called Human Perspectives in the Internet Society and our chapter is entitles ‘ActKM: Variety in a Community of Practice from a Complexity Perspective’.

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Communities and Social Networks

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 26, 2004
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Matt Moore made a good comment in response to my last blog entry I have recently been trying to link the thinking on Small World Networks http://www.news.cornell.edu/releases/June98/smallworld.bs.html to communities. If you see communities of interest as social networks consisting of tight clusters and loose links then you need to apply different strategies to grow the […]

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Mapping Communities

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 24, 2004
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It is difficult to build a community of practice from scratch. In fact, the construction metaphor of ‘building’ a community is inappropriate. Rather, it is important to ‘foster’ communities–and the first step is to find the communities that already exist in your organisation. There are many places to search for evidence of existing communities. Like […]

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