Sunday, June 4, 2017

The Monthly Foresight: The Ever-Evolving Digital Business Ecosystem June 2017

Overall speaking, trans or interdisciplinary approach can be applied to management with integrated multi-disciplinary methodologies and practices.
The effects of an increasingly digitalized world are now reaching into every corner of businesses and every aspect of organizations. Digital is the age of people, innovation is the light every organization is pursuing. Which themes shall you set to advocate digital transformation? What are your practices for building a hyperconnected and ever-evolving digital business ecosystem?
Five Interdisciplinary Aspects in Orchestrating a Digital Business Ecosystem The digital business ecosystem is dynamic, nonlinear, and complex. Hence, digital management discipline also needs to be nonlinear and transdisciplinary to deal with the "VUCA" characteristics of the Digital Era. Overall speaking, trans or interdisciplinary approach can be applied to management with integrated multi-disciplinary methodology, it enables digital leaders to frame bigger thinking boxes, and approach problems via multi-faceted way, technically, scientifically and culturally. Here are five interdisciplinary aspects in orchestrating a digital organization.?  
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 the 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, one that is alive, holistic, vibrant, energetic, responsive, fluid, innovative and resilient.
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 "non-linear" 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.
Bridging Gaps to Catalyze Digital Maturity? Digital is the new paradigm shift to deeply connect the business with the nature ecosystem. Digital makes the business flatter and the world smaller because of its nature of hyper-connectivity and interdependence. On one side, the idea of digital lenses is to help people reach a shared understanding of “see the whole” for solving problems holistically and systematically; on the other side, digital indeed enlarges the thinking and capability gaps because different organizations, functions, and individuals evolve with varying speed. Hence, bridging the multitude of digital gaps is challenging, especially today, many organizations are still operated with the silo mentality and practice the traditional management discipline. Hence, this book “Digital Gaps” intend to throw some light for guiding both digital leaders and professionals today to identify, analyze, and close the multiple digital gaps in a systematic way, and gain an in-depth understanding of the deep, deep digital reality.
Are you Still Running "Business as Usual" or Embracing the Digital "New Normal"? Today's workplace is the hybrid of the physical building and the virtual connectivity, and today's digital workforce is changing significantly with the characteristics of multi-generation, multi-culture, and multi-devicing. However, the solution to better managing this shifting talent population hasn't achieved the expected result yet. How to take new management approaches that reflect the global talent pool and the expectations of today's new talent, but with improving the overall standard of management and leadership. Are you still running a business as usual? And shall you embrace such business new normal heartily and mindfully?

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