Monday, June 14, 2010

Engineering organizations

Something that's been on my mind lately is how organizational structure influences organizational outcome. Alex (Sandy) Pentland is a really interesting guy to follow in this context and in the context of social dynamics in general. He runs the Human Dynamics lab at MIT and has created a device that can measure subconscious signals of communication (tone of voice and things like that) that can predict the quality of interactions and therefore outcome. He calls them 'Honest Signals'. Take a look at this video where he talks about them.

1 comment:

  1. Hey .. it took time to trawl thru some of what you have written.
    as far as i can see, most management thoughts & practice (and by extension, Organisation structures) have some rooting in the armed forces.
    Command and control, discipline, Action clarity, do-or-die etc.
    The word 'organization' stems from being organized, doesn't it?! With time the context of 'organization' has changed but the C&C structure continues.
    This is NOT what the future holds for us.

    I was intrigued by your ppt in Bengaluru the other day (wld be useful to get access).

    Wld like to include such 'next' thoughts into our futures' work.