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Diversity, Marketing, Open Source, VS Organizational Development

Grant McCracken from This Blog Sits at the Intersection of Anthropology and Economics has a post on "learning to live with complexity: marketing vs. OB" Grant starts out talking about the class system at Harvard, where he taught, and that the Marketing Unit ranks lower than Organizational Behavior or HR

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Comparing Enterprise Blog Software

Note: Keep in mind that this information was published on 2005-08-05 - a lot has changed with what used to be called enterprise blogging software. These days, blogs, wikis, groups, forums, misc., are referred to as social software applications or web 2.0 technologies.

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Why Can't Business Learn From Open Source And Blogging?

I was almost in tears after reading Paul Graham's essay on open source software communities and blogging and what business can learn from them. I've been active with oss projects for the last several years. Paul captures the essence of the movement better than anyone and offers several great ideas on applying them to business.

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Building Vibrant Human Networks While Business Blogging

These two articles from Harvard reflect what we've been talking about, along with many others for the last two years. There are lessons to be learned from the open source software communities that will impact the way groups work together in organizations. What I've learned, my personal experience, from the open-source movement is that people want to contribute to endeavors of mutual benefit.

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Resistant to Change

There are six externalities that bring about change. They are regulation, capital markets, competition, technology, globalization and customers. When any of these external contexts changes radically and the company is either unable or unwilling to change, it often results in failure.

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Enterprise Blogging for Cooperative Strategies

In Seth's post The magic word, I think the confusion he talks about is pervasive and applies to many of us outside of marketing. In the following posts, both Seth and John write about mutually shared goals inside and outside of the organization and how to achieve them.

The magic word from Seth,

No, it's not please.

It's ego.

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Complexity Theory Meets Spiderman

"Complexity theory is new and largely untested in this area but there are some fascinating and powerful techniques (open space, tipping points, narrative and storytelling, probe/sense/respond, conversations, appreciative inquiry, empowered autopoiesis, collaboration, mindmapping and concept mapping, passion bounded by responsibility, the gift/generosity/support economy, pattern recognition, improv, the wisdom of crowds and the four practices, that seem well-suited to support a complex adaptive system '

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Connecting Innovation to People, Places, & Things

The idea of connecting people, places and things is real. Get an account on any of the social networks to see for yourself. The web is writeable and information flows like water. People are doing things that were never before imagined. They are creating and sharing ideas via blogs, videos, podcasts, etc. Business managers and project teams should take notice because these social applications can help them improve customer service, product development, and information flows.

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