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Extracting Cultural DNA

Extracting Cultural DNA

The study of cultural anthropology has been around over one hundred years. The study of organizational culture has been around less than half as long—strongly driven by researcher, author, and MIT Professor of Management Emeritus Edgar H. Schein. Schein describes the essence of organizational culture as the learned, shared, tacit assumptions on which people base…

Designing the Networked Organization

Designing the Networked Organization

Designing the Networked Organization, the new book from Australian entrepreneur Ken Everett, is a gem. The leader of TOYFNET (Think on Your Feet® Network), an affiliation of about 300 training providers in thirty countries, came to understand and appreciate the important strategic edge that networked organizations enjoy over their more traditional counterparts. While developing TOYFNET,…

Going Global: Argentine Ants Show the Way

Going Global: Argentine Ants Show the Way

Humans have often turned to ants in the past for instructional models—references to ant behavior pepper ancient texts; the classic toy Ant Farm teaches children about work by watching ants go about their business in a model of a real farm. Can ants, the supreme self-managers of nature, provide any lessons for the scalability of…

The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations

The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations

Book Review, by Doug Kirkpatrick The Starfish and the Spider (Portfolio, 2006) is written by two superb dot-connectors, Ori Brafman and Rod A. Beckstrom, who weave such seemingly random topics as anthropology, the Great Barrier Reef, chemistry, Burning Man, industrial theory, Alcoholics Anonymous, web culture and the war on terror into a tightly-knit quilt of…