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Nothing Ages Faster than the Future: How do companies deal with obsolete knowledge?

In t3n magazine I look at the topic of how companies could deal with obsolete knowledge. Rapid technological progress has consequences. A disruptive business model can make my offer unusable overnight. Competition no longer takes place only between products or processes – but via business models. What counts today may be obsolete tomorrow. How can “old knowledge” be unlearned?

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Cynefin: Orientation in change

In change situations it is important to know one’s own position and environment and to select and implement the appropriate approach, i.e. strategy and methodology. In our “agile times” with planned changes – and even more so with unplanned ones – this can demand some know-how and tact from the acting persons. The Cynefin Framework offers orientation here.

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Digital Transformation is not an IT project

Digital transformation requires courage, strategic creativity and a willingness to experiment on the part of those who are responsible for its success. What are the secrets to mastering such a complex process?

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Learning in the Transformation Process

Transformation is a continuous process whose success depends on the active participation of all stakeholders and, in particular, a willingness on their part to embrace a change of corporate culture. And how does one promote active participation and a willingness to embrace a new culture? Not by prescribing a set of behavioral rules, but by inspiring a change in attitude. And to achieve this, those responsible for change will need to create learning spaces – both at organizational levels and within personal environments.

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Change and Transformation – Is There a Difference?

In my work environment, I’m often surprised at how often managers use the terms »change« and »transformation« as if they referred to one and the same thing. A look at newspaper articles, corporate publications and even the business literature can also leave one with the impression that the terms are perfectly interchangeable. As a matter of fact, however, they are not. And given that it is so important for business managers to grasp the difference between change and transformation in both a theoretical and a practical sense, it may be worthwhile to remind ourselves what that difference is.

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Analog Thinking in a Digital World

Markets are changing at an accelerated rate and enterprises are struggling to keep abreast of the changes. Having fallen prey to inertia, once powerful corporations have lost their market relevance, while small, agile and sometimes brash startups have advanced to the status of global players. In short, enterprises on many markets and in many industries have suddenly found themselves in a VUCA world, i.e. a world of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity.

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