Technology and Organizations
I can't say there was standing room only at Marissa Mayer's (VP of Search Products & User Experience) PARC Forum talk "Innovation at Google: The Physics of Data" -- because the fire code for the auditorium doesn't allow standing. They did bring in extra chairs and let the rest watch via TV in the lobby. So many reasons for the talk to be popular: Google, Innovation at Google, Big Data issues, Marissa's presentation style (engaging, you feel like your getting a secret tour).
4 a.m. alarm, taxi to San Jose Airport at 4:45, 5 a.m. check-in announcement that we're not on the flight leaving to Dallas. "Do you have any documentation?" No, since it was international, the system wouldn't let us check-in in advance. Of course I have the flight number, it's on my phone ----- for a flight out of San Francisco (45 minutes by car for the 6 a.m.
A few weeks ago I ran across this IdeasProject video of Seesmic CEO Loic Le Meur. He opens with descriptions of how sharing changes everything -- sharing versus protecting your ideas. Good points, but he really hooked me when he talked about the value of sharing ideas with social media friends, and how this gives you instant access to their thinking:
It has already changed the way I think.
Tuesday morning I'm representing the sociotechnical view on a panel focused on virtual work. This panel is part of the 2009 Academy of Management meetings in Chicago and will be attended by both novice and expert virtual work researchers. The goal of the panel is to help the group think about important next steps for research and practice. My goal is to raise the issue of individual responsibility in work design. To prepare for this session I went back to early sociotechnical discussions of work design.
TOP (Technology, Organization, People) management requires systems savvy -- the ability to grasp the capabilities of a technology and how that technology might be meshed with organizational practice. People with systems savvy understand that technologies and practices are intertwined — and they know how to make adjustments to both the technology and the practice to effectively weave them togeth