Organizational Entropy, the Problem of Choice, and the Effect of Organizational Structure on Performance (part 2 of 4)

In case you missed it, here is Part 1… A key component of Janow’s Organizational Entropy is choice. Specifically, the greater the choice available for an individual member of an organization to carry out work, the higher the entropy of the organization. Entropy that is too high leads to a “stupid” organization. The question, then, […]

Why is it so hard to wean people off of e-mail and into the “network centric” environment provided by today’s information technology?

While reading The Addicted Brain [ BIOTECHNOLOGY ], in the March 2004 issue of Scientific American, the idea that e-mail is like an addiction for organizations came to mind. (I don’t know why, but I seem to have a tendency to analogize a lot of things into an organizational behavior context.) A couple of specific […]

IM / KM planning

Recently, I listed 4 high-level parts of an information and knowledge management continuum: personal / individual, group / team, organizational, and external interaction. The first three can be seen as a “path” that many (most?) organizations follow in their creation and growth. (The last – external interaction – is a key function for the other […]

Recently, I listed 4 high-level parts of an information and knowledge management continuum: personal / individual, group / team, organizational, and external interaction. The first three can be seen as a “path” that many (most?) organizations follow in their creation and growth. (The last – external interaction – is a key function for the other […]