"Unfortunately god gave all the easy problems to the physicists" - James G. March

Managing companies is hard. Studying them can be even harder. The world is complex and always shifting and management scholars find it often hard to get access to high quality data or do experimental studies. The management field therefore needs tough-minded people who have to be committed to uncover the many ways the world is trying to deceive them. You can listen to the brilliant comment by James G. March here.

The power of the swarm - what insects can teach us about organizing.

Can insects teach us something about management? Yes, they can, especially when it comes to understanding self-organizing systems. Yet although insects such as bees, ants and termites, have queens and kings, their societies are far from simple monarchies. In fact, the queen or the king (in case of termites), often doesn’t have a say in the complex matters of the colony. Instead, basic rules, which has been improved upon by millions of years of evolution, regulate the behavior of individuals. Scientists call it the swarm intelligence. Recently, engineers working side by side with entomologists started applying swarm intelligence to designing biobots - small robots inspired by nature. Here, f

The first and longest-running scientific journal is celebrating 350th birthday this month.

350 years ago, on March 6th 1665, Philosophical Transactions, the world's first journal wholy dedicated to science, was published by the secretary of the Royal Society. Today it is hard to imagine scientific progress without peer-reviewed scientific journals. While not perfect, the system where scholars anonymously review submitted manuscripts has been key in ensuring a steady accumulation of knowledge and progress of the human civilization.

Pros and cons of matrix structures. A discussion between Jay Galbraith and Guido Quelle

Here is an excellent article about the pros and cons of matrix structures at the Bloomberg Business. Late Jay Galbraith opens with listing the benefits of those complex organizational structures and Guido Quelle follows with his counter arguments. According to Jay, matrix organizations are necessary to effectivelly deal with increasingly complex challenges that modern organizations face. Guido, on the other hand, highlights experiences of the organizations, which implemented this form. They reported an increase in ambiguity, slower decision making, and blurred responsibilities. The exchange raised an important point regarding having the right type of managers. To work effectivelly, the matri

© 2016 by Maciej Workiewicz