The future is about speed and uncertainty (VUCA). The question is how our organisations are going to deal with this reality. “The average age of an S&P 500 company is under 20 years” (cnbc.com). “The forecast is that this drops to 14 years” (inc.com). What does it mean when this drops under the six years average, for the strategic planning?
In previous blogs, agile and ecosystems were positioned in this context. But these two are not enterprise design methods. The key question is: How do we design companies so that they can surpass the industry average?
There is a possibility that antifragility harbors design principles for this challenge. I personally am convinced after reading the book Antifragile in 2013 that this is the field to study to find these design principles. Chaos Engineering (Netflix, Chaos Monkey) proved that antifragile can be applied to IT Systems.
I am convinced that after applying the antifragile way to IT systems, the application to organizations is the logical next step. That is the reason that I am writing my master thesis on the subject of antifragility and organizations.
I want to invite everybody that reads this blog, join in the quest for organisation design principles to let organizations cope with the dynamic world we live in.
Please join in comments, improvements, tips, critics, or just with a <thumbs up> 🙂
Looking forward to combine forces in this complex field.
About Edzo Botjes
Edzo Botjes is an Enterprise Engineer with more than 15+ years experience. His believe is that Enterprise Engineering covers not only Enterprise Architecture but also the skills needed to realistically implement innovation, governance and architecture. This implies that Group Psychology, IT Security Architecture, Technology Innovation and Ethics are a few topics that should be included into the developing strategy and architecture. Edzo is currently working on the new version of DYA, the Enterprise Architecture vision of Sogeti and adding value for clients as an Enterprise Architect.
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