Class 04 - Complex Adaptive Systems Theory (CAS)-1

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Unformatted text preview: Leadership Class 4 September 6, 2011 Complex Adaptive Systems MIS 302F Introduction to Information Technology Management Goals for Today Examine kinds of leadership that thrive or dive in a complex world What are Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS) and how does it apply to business/IT? What can we learn from CAS? Street Smart Crows http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGPGknpq3e0 Prepare Your Organization to Fight Fires- Karl Weick Smoke jumpers dropped into easy- to-control fire Fire danger high Radio smashed Fire exploded Men raced for their lives Making Sense of Disaster: What Happened at Mann Gulch? Fire fighters Didnt see danger Didnt know each other Lacked trust Strung out in a line Not communicating Saw fire differently Had to make identity-level change to stay saf Drop Your Tools! Identity Challenge at Mann Gulch They faced the basic, frightening feeling that their roles as firefighters [and their strategies] no longer worked. Fighting Fires in Corporate America When critical problems arise and the world changes, companies must change too WGAD Many organizations are shaped like this team 9 years in workplace and 88% of people started after me If you cant adapt then you cant survive You cant always rely on leadership Belief that you will always win and never fail is wrong Complex Adaptive Systems Theory (CAS) Characteristics Using CAS theory to frame business thinking and problem solving Some Ideas about Complex Adaptive System (CAS) a collection of diverse elements (agents) capable of learning that co- evolve and are capable of spontaneous self-organization. Each element in a system is a system itself, and every system is an element of a larger system. We could describe systems thinking as the study of how elements in the system interact, learn, and self-organize to produce emergent behavior. A Systems Tale: Economist Edward Castronova Hit bottom with state school job Began playing 2001 with new mental model Noticed bustling trade in EQ goods Found some players wanted to buy-in Discovered EQ auctions on eBay Currency trading between EQ platinum piece and the dollar had emerged Castronova Publishes Online Surveyed 1,500 players Analyzed 600+ auctions EQ platinum piece beat yen & lira Average player wage $3.42 per hour EQ had 77th highest economy in world Castronova Tenured at Ind. U http://mypage.iu.edu/~castro/About.html Some Ideas about...
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This note was uploaded on 01/19/2012 for the course CH 101 taught by Professor Sutcliffe during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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