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March 30, 2015

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. M...

March 16, 2015

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...

March 15, 2015

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...

March 12, 2015

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 o...

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