OD Network's Center for Professional Development Webinar
"Navigating Complexity: Exploring the Critical Distinction Between Complexity and the Merely Complicated Within an Organization"
Presented by: Dave Snowden
Webinar Presented On: Thursday, February 13, 2014
Within organizations, the terms ‘complex’ and ‘complicated’ are typically treated as synonyms. As Snowden’s webinar will demonstrate, there is a critical distinction, with significant implications for every aspect of organizational life, including leading, decision-making, strategic planning, project planning, and organizational design, to name a few.
Drawing on the insights reflected in his ‘Cynefin framework’ (pronounced ‘ku-nevin’, a Welsh term that connotes a deep and rich sense of habitat or place), the webinar will also provide participants with practical insights and tools useful for navigating within the complex domain.
About Dave Snowden
Dave Snowden is the founder and chief scientific officer of Cognitive Edge. His work is international in nature and covers government and industry, looking at complex issues relating to strategy, organisational design and decision-making. He has pioneered a science-based approach to organisations drawing on anthropology, neuroscience and complex adaptive systems theory. He is a popular and passionate keynote speaker on a range of subjects, and is well known for his pragmatic cynicism and iconoclastic style.
He holds visiting Chairs at the Universities of Pretoria and Hong Kong Polytechnic University as well as a visiting fellowship at the University of Warwick. He is a senior fellow at the Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies at Nanyang University and the Civil Service College in Singapore. His paper with Boone on Leadership was the cover article for the Harvard Business Review in November 2007 and also won the Academy of Management aware for the best practitioner paper in the same year. He has previously won a special award from the Academy for originality in his work on knowledge management. He is a editorial board member of several academic and practitioner journals in the field of knowledge management and is an Editor in Chief of E:CO. In 2006 he was Director of the EPSRC (UK) research programme on emergence and in 2007 was appointed to an NSF (US) review panel on complexity science research.
He previously worked for IBM where he was a Director of the Institution for Knowledge Management and founded the Cynefin Centre for Organisational Complexity; during that period he was selected by IBM as one of six on-demand thinkers for a world wide advertising campaign. Prior to that he worked in a range of strategic and management roles in the service sector.
His company Cognitive Edge exists to integrate academic thinking with practice in organisations throughout the world and operates on a network model working with Academics, Government, Commercial Organisations, NGOs and Independent Consultants. He is also the main designer of the SenseMaker® software suite, originally developed in the field of counter terrorism and now being actively deployed in both Government and Industry to handle issues of impact measurement, customer/employee insight, narrative based knowledge management, strategic foresight and risk management.