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UnderstandingSociety: Organizations and the Chicago school
"World War II brought about a set of changes in organizational America that made the Chicago School approach less appealing to the mainstream. "The conflictual, processual, local theories of the Chicago School made little sense in a world now conceived as grand, unified, and even static, a huge mechanism for steady expansion in a non-ideological, managed world" (416). But this stability was short-lived, and Abbott believes that the Chicago approach is once again worth studying."
sociology  intellectual  history  1h20c  20c  process  organizations  theory 
july 2012 by tsuomela
Wikipedia's Neutral Point of View: Settling Conflict through Ambiguity - The Information Society: An International Journal
"This article discusses how one of the most important Wikipedia policies, the “neutral point of view” (NPOV), is appropriated and interpreted by the participants in the Wikipedia project. By analyzing a set of constitutive documents for the Wikipedian universe, including discussion about NPOV, the authors conclude that ambiguity is at the heart of the policy process on Wikipedia. The overarching conclusion is that ambiguity on Wikipedia is not extraneous, but a central ingredient of this wiki project's policymaking. Ambiguity naturally develops from the pluralist and nonhierarchic values of the culture that brought Wikipedia to life, and this conclusion requires that we reconsider the nature of “neutrality” practiced on Wikipedia. "
wikipedia  research  neutrality  bias  process  crowdsourcing 
february 2011 by tsuomela
Ezra Klein - A good message is not nearly as important as a fast process
But there's no presidential narrative that can impose shape on a year-long legislative brawl. No speeches that can overwhelm the daily stories, no strategies that can secure enthusiastic bipartisanship for a major legislative achievement that will help one party in the next election. Time emphasizes what Americans hate and distrust about the legislative process (which is, put simply, the workings of the legislative process), and that drives them away from the bill. If you can't make these efforts move quickly, then you have already lost the argument. A good message is not nearly so important as a fast process.
politics  process  deliberation  congress  democracy  perception  public-opinion  government  federal  partisanship 
february 2010 by tsuomela
Ezra Klein - The primacy of process
People don't know very much about policy. The twist in Hibbing and Theiss-Morse's argument, however, is that people do know quite a bit about process, or feel they do, and in contrast to their weak policy preferences, they have very strong process preferences. The strongest among them is the belief that the people sent to do the people's work shouldn't be working on behalf of special interests, which explains the fury over the Nelson deal. Similarly strong is the aversion to partisan conflict, as most people think that these problems have common-sense solutions, and too much conflict suggests the two parties are deviating from that middle path.

The point is that process is, arguably, as important as politics or policy. But it's not managed with the same ferocious attention as the other two.
government  politics  process  policy  political-science  washington  perception 
february 2010 by tsuomela
Syntegration is a suite of powerful, science-based processes that optimize large group interaction.

These processes are an unprecedented breakthrough for addressing complex business and social challenges. They greatly accelerate and radically improve planning, decision making and alignment-building, and they elicit changes in behaviour that are necessary for real impact.
collaboration  open-space  group  process  cybernetics  complexity 
october 2009 by tsuomela
The accidental informaticist : The Book of Trogool
Alma Swan, in a report well worth reading, posits four kinds of data-curation staff: data creators, data managers, data librarians, and data scientists. I'm not sure how far I can go with that. I agree with the skillsets as Swan lays them out; I'm just agog at the idea that any institution or research shop will be able to divvy up these tasks among four whole people!
data-curation  data  archive  research  process  scholarly-communication 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Open Left:: Obama Quandry Comes Into Sharper Focus: Part One, Political Process
Paul Rosenberg analyzes and interpolates the David Bromwich essay from Huffington Post "The Character of Barack Obama"
about(BarackObama)  politics  process  ideology  pragmatism 
august 2009 by tsuomela
David Bromwich: The Character of Barack Obama
He has always had a reputation for being fair-minded -- a strength only attainable by someone who is (to begin with) fair-minded. But the cautiousness of his first six months as president shows a pattern of accommodation that often lands him on the far side of actual prudence.
about(BarackObama)  politics  process  ideology  pragmatism 
august 2009 by tsuomela
DIY: How to write a book
Steven Johnson on book writing, with DevonThink etc.
writing  process  creativity  tip 
february 2009 by tsuomela
Progress is continuous by nature
To express it differently, apparent jumps forward are social effects. If you ever become part of history as an innovator, it will not be because of your superior ideas, but because you were at the center of a social phenomenon.
innovation  creativity  social  process  continuity  networks 
january 2009 by tsuomela
event mechanics » Blog Archive » Meme: Passion Quilt
It represents a non-linear process of differentiating feedback. The timeline is the spiral, whenever you start something you are in the middle. The coloured lines are ideas, questions or problems that you return to in different ways in different points in
education  pedagogy  visualization  teaching  writing  process 
june 2008 by tsuomela
How To Save The World - Friday Flashback: Km 0.0 -- A Pragmatic Approach To Social Networking And Knowledge Management For Business
At the request of several readers, I've pulled this all together in the table above into a framework for what some have called KM 2.0, but which I prefer to call KM 0.0
knowledge-management  pkm  business  process 
february 2008 by tsuomela
IBM SJ 45-4 | Beyond predictable workflows: Enhancing productivity in artful business processes
business people are, of necessity, integrators of information technology. productivity will be increased by better enabling users to select and integrate IT services as their needs evolve, promoting a shift that we call the democratization of process.
knowledge-management  productivity  business  process  methods 
march 2007 by tsuomela

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