Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Monthly Digitalization Summary: Five Keywords to Articulate Digital Characteristics Aug. 2017

The digital organization is a living thing, it cannot be taken apart.


From one generation to the next, the substance of leadership does not change, it’s about future, change, and influence. However, digital the leadership trends will continue to emerge. Here is a set of featured blogs to dig into the “keywords” of the 21st century to brainstorming the future of digital leadership.



Five Digital Keywords to Articulate Digital Characteristics



 Hyperconnectivity as the “Nature” of Digital Businesses  Hyperconnectivity is one of the most critical characteristics of the digital business. Digital organizations arise when the scale of the interrelations, interactions, or inter-relational interactions brings the new cycle of the business growth, information flow, innovation, and maturity. The digital organization is a living thing, it cannot be taken apart. As you cannot understand a cell, a living thing if you isolate it from its context. It is a cohesive whole.


Non Linearity as the Characteristic of Digital Ecosystem  The digital world is a holistic ecosystem - nature, world, or the ecosystem sometimes is used interchangeably. It is all the products of a physically, chemically, biologically, cognologically, linguistically, technologically evolving nature, in that sequence. Digital is fluid, digital is also complex. It becomes complex if things do interact, particularly in the case of "nonlinear" interaction, you can't separate things properly or you cannot predict the actual effect of interaction straightforwardly. In fact, nonlinearity is one of the very characteristics of digital business ecosystems.


Organizational Plasticity as the Digital Trait The neuro plasticity is the brain’s ability to rewire, connect, and adapt; the business plasticity is the organization’s capability to change, adapt and innovate with speed. Many organizations are on the journey of digital transformation which represents the increasing speed of changes, the overwhelming growth of information, the shortened life cycle of knowledge, the new chapter of digital innovation, and the next stage of business maturity. It has to improve how the enterprise works and interacts with its digital ecosystem, with people at the center of its focus. Thus, organizational plasticity is the digital trait of the organization.


The Paradox of Complexity  People are complex, business is complex, and the world is complex, and they are becoming more complex due to the explosive information and the accelerated speed of changes. Modern organizations spend significant time and resources to deal with complexity, is complexity good or bad; the complex organizational structure/process or the hypercomplex business ecosystem, which factors contribute the most to making organizations more complex? And philosophically, what is the paradox of complexity


The Self-Renew of Digital Organization: Digital transformation is rarely a straight line. It is all about interaction, incrementalism, and innovation. The journey is far more important than the destination. Digital organizations have to adapt to the continuous changes and are able to reconfigure the organizational structure and change their own behaviors for its adaptation to environmental changes and business dynamic. They are like the living systems that can self-renew in thriving as high-performance businesses.


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