Re: A Comprehensive "21st Century Organization Science" #name

gordonvalawebb <gvalawebb@...>

I agree heartily that the question that faces large, complex, organizations is how to be "smart" - and that this requires an inter-disciplinary approach - in my view a design-based approach rooted in integrative thinking and starting from a wicked problem perspective.

I just posted a slide deck on why our organizations are not smart and what you can do about it. To see it go to the homepage of my website: . There is other info there in my blog and under the resources tab (including a recorded webinar on the topic).

As to what to call this science? and practice? I'm not sure; how about organizational management (for really it is about how best to manage organizations).


--- In sikmleaders@..., Neil Olonoff wrote:
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> Stan, and all:
> I posted this question to the Federal KM Initiative LinkedIn group, and,
> since I respect this group, would like to have your reactions:
> *Can we create an enlightened "21st Century Organization Science" that
> includes Knowledge Management, Org Development, Teamwork, Coaching,
> Interpersonal Communications, & Meeting Management? *
> In my opinion knowledge management, though broad, is just one piece of the
> "smart work" puzzle. In other words, it is not a silver bullet or panacea.
> After all, if all the platform and infrastructure pieces are in place, but
> there is no trust, information will not flow. Similarly, teamwork,
> coaching, etc., listed above are "necessary but not sufficient" to achieve
> a truly "smart" organization. Not surprising, since organizations are not
> designed to be good at teaming and knowledge sharing. They are designed to
> be efficient at 1) allowing management visibility into actions 2)
> permitting upward reporting, and 3) similar "scientific management"
> concerns. Brains at the top, worker bees at bottom.
> I can envision a future, holistic organization science curriculum that
> brings all the pieces of the puzzle together in a grand synthesis.
> As a starting point: what would this future organization science be
> called?
> Neil Olonoff

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