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Conferentie: Van Vinken Naar Vonken – Ondernemen In De Nieuwe Wereld

Ondernemen op basis van zekerheden bestaat in veel gevallen uit het ‘afvinken’ van lijstjes. Ondernemen in een voortdurend veranderende omgeving vraagt om ‘vonken’, waarbij samenwerkende partijen op het juiste moment krachten weten te bundelen. Deze visie staat centraal tijdens ons seminar op woensdag 12 februari 2014. We geven die dag een podium aan mensen en organisaties die ondernemen opnieuw vorm hebben gegeven. Onze wereld lijkt […]

Postscript: The social architect’s credo,by Ruth MalanPostscript: The social architect’s credo,by Ruth Malan

Organizational Models for Social Business

Here we go with the third (and last) blog in this series which looks at some underlying theory about organization and management. In the social business context I consider the most significant approach to be Stafford Beer’s Viable Systems Model (VSM). The VSM has two central concepts. The first is feedback, which enables an organization to constantly learn and adjust to experience and to new variables in its […]

Why Becoming Social Isn’t Just For Woolly Headed Idealists

In my last article, ‘Love in the Time of Cholera: How to do Business in a Recession‘, I sketched out what being a social business is about and made the claim that making the change to such a model might be a reasonable response to the current state of the world. Social business can sound pretty idealistic and in a sense it is (there’s nothing wrong with having […]

Love in the Time of Cholera: How to do Business in a Recession

A consultant posted a plaintive cry on an online consultancy user forum recently asking for ideas on how you can motivate staff when you have nothing to offer in the way of cash, promotions or training and when they might even face redundancy. Tough indeed. But common enough in the current environment. We’re in the middle (yes, I think it’s still just the middle) of the deepest, most extensive economic depression I can […]