Seminar info - DIT-SMN-09-25-848
Organizational Transformation in the Digital Economy - CREATE-NET Seminars Series
date Monday, June 15, 2009 at 3:00 PM
place Via alla Cascata 56 C - 38100 Povo
speaker Mihaela Ulieru
Professor Mihaela Ulieru has held the Canada Research Chair in Adaptive Information Infrastructures for the e-Society since 2005 when she also established (with Canada Foundation for Innovation funding) and leads the Adaptive Risk Management Laboratory (ARM Lab) researching complex networks as control paradigm for complex systems to develop evolvable architectures for resilient e-networked applications and holistic security ecosystems.  She was recently appointed on Canada's Science, Technology and Innovation Council by the Minister of Industry, to advise the government and provide foresight on innovation issues related to ICT impact on Canada's economic development and social well-being against international standards of excellence.  She has a PhD in Diagnostics and Controls of Dynamical Systems, from Darmstadt University of Technology in Germany and was on the Faculty at Brunel University in London, UK and at the University of Calgary in Canada where she held the Junior Nortel Chair in Intelligent Manufacturing and founded the Emergent Information Systems Lab.
abstract Hardware to software to 'Everyware' - the future 'Internet of things' will enable spontaneous creation of global enterprises as ecosystems merged seamlessly into a forever growing open market economy, in which dynamic adaptation and seamless evolution are equivalent to survival.  In such 'opportunistic industrial ecosystems' single devices / departments / enterprises become part of a larger and more complex infrastructure dynamically combining the individual properties or attributes of single entities to achieve an emergent desired behaviour of the ecosystem.  Linked by eNetworks the Global Collaborative Ecosystem becomes more and more hybrid, inclusive and capable of almost everything imaginable...  Where are the limits of the impossible?  And are we ready to touch them with the same daring attitude which fuels our drive to push continuously the technological frontiers of the informatics side of the 'INDIN equation'? To truly leverage and benefit from the advances in network technologies significant effort must be invested in transforming the design principles of human organisation and to understanding the 'people dimension' a.k.a. the cultural and institutional implications of the mechanisms driving decentralisation in the networked economy.  The task (and plague!) of 'eternal transformation' that accompanies accelerating change and technological innovation calls for an ongoing demand to not only 'run the organisation' but to 'change the organisation' constantly, making every effort to accommodate periods of extreme change. This tutorial explores the transition from the command and control (C2) structure and culture of the traditional hierarchy - as backbone of last Century's Industrial Revolution - towards the eNetworked Industrial Ecosystem - as backbone for this Century's on-going IT-Revolution.  Socio-cultural and economic contextual variables that may help or hinder the implementation of a heterarchical organisation driven by responsible autonomy, are analysed underlining the paradox hidden in the 'emergent' nature of an eNetworked organisation.  We illustrate how, within the classical 'top-down' managerial approach, the very power of initiative that can leverage 'bottom-up' clustering of resources to address dynamic organisational goals - is hindered - to conclude that a deep culture of trust and collaboration can unleash this power enabling the untapped 'mystery' of complexity to be used as a competitive advantage.
language English
contact person Imrich Chlamtac