The Organizational Ecosystem - Mapping Complexity to Adaptability

September 20, 2013
Hosted by Olivia Parr-Rud

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In our highly complex, global economy, companies must continually adapt to stay competitive. The old strategies of ‘Plan and Predict’ are effectively being replaced by systems that empower an organization to ‘Sense and Respond.’ However, this shift can be a challenge for companies with deeply ingrained processes and systems. Fortunately, models are emerging from evolutionary biology that offer a new way of viewing business - as a complex organizational ecosystem. By clearly identifying the deeply embedded patterns in an organization’s ecosystem, we are able to understand and influence the organizational dynamics. Recognizing how patterns reveal the organization’s ecosystem is critical for understanding and influencing the basic infrastructure and ongoing actions necessary to fuel growth, profitability, and innovation. Please join me and my guest, Denise Easton of The Complexity Space, as we explore the value and benefits of treating our business as complex organizational ecosystem.

Quantum Business Insights with Olivia Parr-Rud

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In today’s fast-paced, high-tech, global economy, the business landscape is constantly changing. The confluence of big data, emerging technologies, and global connectivity puts unprecedented pressure on companies to become more innovative and agile. To maintain a competitive edge, companies must constantly adapt while continuing to identify and exploit new opportunities. Interestingly, new models are emerging from science and nature that offer a unique perspective – one that sees our global economy as a highly interconnected, continually evolving complex adaptive system. These models unveil powerful insights for optimizing our business strategies and processes. Each week on Quantum Business Insights, Olivia explores these concepts with thought leaders from around the globe. We look for ways to leverage their insights to ignite innovation, inspire our workforce, and create positive outcomes for our companies, our communities, and the planet.

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Olivia Parr-Rud

Olivia Parr-Rud

Olivia Parr-Rud is a renowned thought-leader, speaker, author, and consultant in the areas of business intelligence, innovative leadership, and organizational alignment. She is considered a pioneer in the integration of data science and holistic organizational practices that deliver success through the optimal blending of quantitative and qualitative methodologies and practices.

Her early research and innovative advancements in data mining and business intelligence led to the writing of her best-selling book, Data Mining Cookbook, Modeling for Acquisition, Risk and Customer Relationship Management (Wiley, 2001). Realizing the need for enhanced human competencies in fast-paced, high-tech organizations, she was inspired to conduct research in the areas the communication, collaboration, innovation, adaptability, and leadership. This led to the unveiling of links between the global economy, organizational dynamics and complexity science, highlighted in her second book, Business Intelligence Success Factors, Aligning for Success in a Global Economy (Wiley/SAS, 2009).

Olivia lectures and consults internationally in the areas of business intelligence, communication, innovation, and leadership. Her current research is focused on psychology, human capital, brain science, quantum physics, evolutionary biology, systems theory, and complexity science. She holds a BA in Mathematics and an MS in Statistics.

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