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- DescriptionProduct and service invations are the result of mutually interacting creative and coordination tasks within a system that has to balance technical decisions, marketplace taste, personnel management, and stakeholder commitment. The constituent elements of such systems are often scattered across multiple firms and across the globe and constitute a complex system consisting of many interacting parts. In the spirit of the butterfly effect , metaphorically describing the sensitivity to initials conditions of chaotic systems, this book builds an argument that invation butterflies can, in the short term, take up significant amounts of effort and sap efficiencies within individual invation projects. Such invation butterflies can be prompted by external forces such as government legislation or unexpected spikes in the price of basic goods (such as oil), unexpected shifts in market tastes, or from a company manager's decisions or those of its competitors. Even the smallest change, the smallest disruption, to this system can steer a firm down an unpredictable and irreversibly different path in terms of techlogy and market evolution. In the long term, they can shift the balance of the entire invation portfolio into unplanned directions. More importantly, we describe how invation leaders can influence the emergent behavior of the system for good or ill. The first half of the book draws parallels from physics, ecomics, and sociology as well as evidence from multiple industries to describe the structural and behavioral causes of emergent phemena in invation settings as well as their often negative impacts. In the second half of the book, we turn to distributed management of invation under emergence. We show that invation butterflies, if improperly managed, most often lead to negative outcomes. On the other hand, it is also argued that while the complexity of the invation system and the desire to experiment and try new and emergent alternatives precludes precise planning, invation leaders can actually tame invation butterflies through the design and implementation of appropriate processes, strategies, tools and leadership choices.
- Author(s)Edward G. Anderson Jr.,Nitin R. Joglekar
- PublisherSpringer-Verlag New York Inc.
- Date of Publication17/07/2014
- SubjectLibrary & Information Science
- Series TitleUnderstanding Complex Systems
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintSpringer-Verlag New York Inc.
- Content Notebiography
- Weight297 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine10 mm
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