Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The Monthly Foresight: The Hybrid Nature of Digital Organization Nov. 2016

The organization with the hybrid nature is alive, holistic, vibrant, energetic, responsive, fluid, innovative and resilient.

We live in the world with both “old” and “new,” embracing digital is inevitable as that it is now part of reality. The latest enterprise digital computing technologies enable seamless virtual platforms, enhance physical organizational structures, empower workforce sharing the thoughts and ideas, engage customers and partners to voice concerns and feedbacks, and encourage the broader conversation and interaction within its business ecosystem. Digital organization has a hybrid nature with flexibility, agility, and innovativeness.


Renovate a Hybrid IT and Digital Organization The pervasive digitalization or IT consumerization requires the balance of “old experiences” and “new ways to do things,” the learning and doing.” The reach and range flexibility that now exists removes barriers that have existed in the past. The emergence of potential opportunities for exploiting digitization is likely to follow a nonlinear pattern or exponential speed, as the pervasiveness of an organization’s digitization journey increases.

Digital Shift: From a Mechanical to Sociological System From a philosophical perspective, all things serve a purpose. We may not understand the purpose, but all things serve one. Modern organization has a transcendent business purpose. Humans demand to be served, so they create mechanistic and sociological systems to serve them. Enterprises demand to be served, so they create positions of employment and mechanistic systems to serve them. These systems have a purpose for which they act to fill the purpose. The digital paradigm that is emerging is the sociological organization that is alive, holistic, vibrant, energetic, responsive, fluid, innovative and resilient.

Hybrid Minds? Hybrid Thinking is a set of interdisciplinary and integrative thinking processes we will need to solve many of today’s complex problems which require strategic consideration, systems intelligence, innovative approaches, cross-cultural and cross-generational perspectives.

Hybrid Innovation Innovation is a management discipline, just like many key elements in businesses today, such as leadership, culture, process, or technology, etc, HYBRID is the digital fit style for managing innovation. From portfolio management point of view, companies need both incremental product/service innovations to thrive, but also desire large, disruptive innovations for a quantum leap. Managing innovation requires leaders, either formal or informal, to shepherd an idea through several phases of development, knowing when to move forward and when to return to an earlier phase. But more specifically, what is hybrid innovation and how to manage it effectively?

Three Aspects in Running a Hybrid IT and Digital Organization In order to lead change and drive digital transformation, IT should combine the old way to do things, and the new way to explore, the next practices and the best practices, take the balance of traditional hierarchy and flatter structure; keep the lights on,” and “doing more with innovation.” Either from management, technology or talent perspective, Is HYBRID the right way to move forward with the right speed?


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