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Human and Artificial Cognition: Systems, Ecologies and Culture

Human and Artificial Cognition: Systems, Ecologies and CultureHow is digital technology shifting the way that we learn within organizations?How do we prepare ourselves and our organizations in local and global ecologies of change? How do we act in that tension between current demands and future demands? How do we do significant cognitive work with sophisticated technologies? Dr. George Siemens points out that we are beginning to think with technology –it is more than a tool that we use, it is a tool that uses and shapes us. As we look towards the future of organizational performance, we need to consider technology agents in addition to human employees and More »

Ecologies of Practice for Learning, Performance and Creation of New Value

Ecologies of Practice for Learning, Performance and Creation of New ValueIn an ecology of learning, you’re weaving together things in your environment to inform/create/make new value. All the elements (see enumerated figure) are intertwined. It is the individual’s uniqueness that delivers the results at the end of the day. More »

A Ten Thousand Foot View:  BLAST FROM THE PAST

A Ten Thousand Foot View:  BLAST FROM THE PASTIf we think beyond the personal or individual, we want to consider the nudge-scape: What is going on in the context—the surroundings, the people you’re working with, the technological tools that are available—that nudges you towards a completion or performance or development stance? More »

Research suggests that work-relevant learning occurs largely on the job. However, in many situations workers do not learn nearly as much as they might. The "three stances" model helps to explain why. The stances model suggests ways to counter this tendency and enhance learning from More »

2019-2020 LILA Ecologies of Learning in a Transforming World

2019-2020 LILA  Ecologies of Learning in a Transforming WorldLearning ecologies offers a perspective on how organizations can develop new capabilities, organize work, and manage careers in order to take advantage of the new world order. The idea of a learning ecology recognizes that learning is unfolding all the time in complex ways, through peer relationships, networks, informal coaching, the way people interact in person and virtually, etc. which can be learning-synergistic or not. What people are learning includes not only particular skills and understandings that formal learning might target, but also the "hidden curriculum" – how to informally pick up on the patterns of survival and thriving within the More »



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  1. Critical Knowledge Transfer by Dorothy Leonard


    As you may recall, Dorothy Leonard who is the William J.Abernathy Professor of Business Administration Emerita at Harvard
    Business School joined the LILA Community during the last several years as part of her research into the recently published book "Critical Knowledge Transfer." It is based on original research, numerous interviews with top managers,and a wide range of corporate examples, When highly skilled subject matter experts, engineers, and managers leave their organizations, they take with them years of hard-earned experience-based knowledge—much of it undocumented and irreplaceable. Organizations can thereby lose a good part of their competitive advantage.

  2. The Emotional Decision Maker

    A revolution in the science of emotion has emerged in the last few decades, with the potential to create a paradigm shift in thinking about decision theories. The research reveals that emotions constitute powerful, pervasive, and predictable drivers of decision making. Across different domains, important regularities appear in the mechanisms through which emotions influence judgments and choices. The present paper organizes and analyzes what has been learned from the past 35 years of work on emotion and decision making. It also proposes an integrated model of decision making that accounts for both traditional (rational-choice theory) inputs and emotional inputs, synthesizing scientific findings to date.

Upcoming LILA Events

  • September 19, 2019 - Member Call
  • October 23-24, 2019 - Gathering: Lay of the Land: Changing Ecologies
  • November 7, 2019 - Member Call
  • December 12, 2019 - Member Call
  • January 23, 2020 Member Call
  • February 5-6, 2020 - Gathering: Ecology of Experiences and Structures
  • March 19, 2020 - Member Call
  • April 7-8, 2020 - Gathering: Ecology of Interactions
  • May 14, 2020 - Member Call
  • June 2-3, 2020 - 14th Annual LILA Summit: Nurturing and Changing Ecologies

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