Change management Change management (sometimes abbreviated as CM) is a collective term for all approaches to prepare, support, and help individuals, teams, and organizations in making organizational change. The most common change drivers include: technological evolution, process reviews, crisis, and consumer habit changes; pressure from new business entrants, acquisitions, mergers, and organizational restructuring. It includes methods that redirect or redefine the use of resources, business process, budget allocations, or other modes of operation that significantly change a company or organization. Organizational change management (OCM) considers the full organization and what needs to change, while change management may be used solely to refer to how people and teams are affected by such organizational transition. It deals with many different disciplines, from behavioral and social sciences to information technology and business solutions. History 1960s
Artificial intelligence AI research is highly technical and specialized, and is deeply divided into subfields that often fail to communicate with each other. Some of the division is due to social and cultural factors: subfields have grown up around particular institutions and the work of individual researchers. AI research is also divided by several technical issues. Some subfields focus on the solution of specific problems. The Mathematician's Glossary of Non-Mathematical Terms All right. After having done some heavy-duty math this semester, we have decided to slack off a bit for good and ponder on, hmm…a different kind of mathematics altogether. “What?”, you ask?
Strategic questioning that gets you to a decision WE ALL KNOW this scenario: you have been called to a meeting and now you sit there, increasingly bored as the discussion wanders all over the place, becoming sidetracked and dominated by the loud and verbose. When it comes time to make a decision you find that nobody is ready because the wayward discussion has confused, misled and obfuscated the issue and that there is too little information. Sound familiar? We’ve all been to unfocused, time wasting meetings like this. Design Research Techniques Authour:Jen Recknagel Edited by Christine Keene Problem Contextualized information about how, when and why people act is needed to generate understanding of human need and to develop meaningful insights for innovation. Traditional observation and diary studies do not provide the same depth of contextual information or detail about purpose that is achieved through the shadowing method. Solution Shadowing provides a rich, comprehensive data set about the patterns of actions, interdependence and motivations of users.
Novel Finding: Reading Literary Fiction Improves Empathy How important is reading fiction in socializing school children? Researchers at The New School in New York City have found evidence that literary fiction improves a reader’s capacity to understand what others are thinking and feeling. Emanuele Castano, a social psychologist, along with PhD candidate David Kidd conducted five studies in which they divided a varying number of participants (ranging from 86 to 356) and gave them different reading assignments: excerpts from genre (or popular) fiction, literary fiction, nonfiction or nothing. After they finished the excerpts the participants took a test that measured their ability to infer and understand other people’s thoughts and emotions. The researchers found, to their surprise, a significant difference between the literary- and genre-fiction readers. When study participants read non-fiction or nothing, their results were unimpressive.
How To Avoid Communication Pitfalls In The Workplace – The Clarion Call to Leadership! This post first appeared on OPEN Idea Forum. There is a large body of work concerning the way women’s communication style differs from that of men. For example, there is research suggesting that females downplay their certainty, while males downplay their doubts. In an effort to crack the female linguistic code, some have even gone so far as to assert that women and men speak different languages. Affinity diagram What is it? The Affinity Diagram is an interactive data collection method, which enables the identification and sorting of large quantities of ideas within a short time frame. Affinity means likeness or close relationship. Worried Sick Something strange was happening in New Zealand. In the fall of 2007, pharmacies across the country had begun dispensing a new formulation of Eltroxin—the only thyroid hormone replacement drug approved and paid for by the government and used by tens of thousands of New Zealanders since 1973. Within months, reports of side effects began trickling in to the government’s health-care monitoring agency. These included known side effects of the drug, such as lethargy, joint pain, and depression, as well as symptoms not normally associated with the drug or disease, including eye pain, itching, and nausea. Then, the following summer, the floodgates opened: in the 18 months following the release of the new tablets, the rate of Eltroxin adverse event reporting rose nearly 2,000-fold.1 The strange thing was, the active ingredient in the drug, thyroxine, was exactly the same.
Design Research Techniques Authours: Karl Schroeder & Robert Tilley Edited by Christine Keene Problem Goal-oriented foresight methodologies may declare targets that lie quite far in the future. For example: Reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2050Put astronauts on Mars by 2030 There is a disconnect between such long-range targets and immediate policy and business planning. FOMO Addiction: The Fear of Missing Out As serendipity often strikes randomly, I was reading an article in The New York Times by Jenna Wortham the other day at the same time I was reading the chapter in Sherry Turkle’s new book, Alone Together about people who fear they are missing out. Teens and adults text while driving, because the possibility of a social connection is more important than their own lives (and the lives of others). They interrupt one call to take another, even when they don’t know who’s on the other line (but to be honest, we’ve been doing this for years before caller ID). They check their Twitter stream while on a date, because something more interesting or entertaining just might be happening.
Citizen Juries: An Action Research Method Authour: Hilary Best Edited by Christine Keene Problem In a democratic society, it is widely recognized that the best solutions are those that are embraced by the population. Russia: Stray Dogs Master Complex Moscow Subway System <br/><a href=" US News</a> | <a href=" Business News</a> Copy Every so often, if you ride Moscow's crowded subways, you notice that the commuters around you include a dog - a stray dog, on its own, just using the handy underground Metro to beat the traffic and get from A to B.