New book chapters

February 4, 2011


There used to be a joke about waiting hours for the No 9 bus to come along, and then three arrive at the same time. Well it felt like that this week with three books arriving through the post, all with chapters in them by yours truly. These days I tend to do more book chapters than articles, I’m not sure why but its probably down to what you get asked to do and there is a greater sense of permanence about a book.

I have been silent for a few days, in part as we had a Cognitive Edge Executive meeting in London (we are now have 16 employees, past the magical 15 so things are changing), partly because I have been working on a new workflow approach to creating strategy using the Cynefin framework. A world wide series of seminars around that will be announced on Monday.   

Either way, back to those books. Here is the list for those interested here they are:

Naturalizing Sensemaking” in Informed by Knowledge by Mosier & Fischer. I’ve just noted that they have changed sense-making to sensemaking which is an irritation. However this is probably (thanks to the brilliant editing work of Kathleen Mosier) short summary of both complexity and narrative research methods I have written. There is another article in the book in which I am a co-author with Gary Klein and Chew Lock Pin called “Anticipatory Thinking” which makes this book double value. The book comes from the 2008 Naturalising Decision Making conference at which I was a keynote (and for which I turned up a year early, but that was a story for another day.

Knowledge Theory Perspectives on Place Branding” in the International Place Branding Yearbook edited by Go and Govers. This covers some thoughts on space as more than something physical, runs through complexity and power laws and ends up outlining new narrative approaches to research with some good examples of how I think place marketing should be done. It includes Cynefin as well so its a dense article but the editors liked it and one can not ask for anything more. I’m thinking more and more about marketing at the moment and will blog on this over the weekend,

Knowledge Management and the Individual: It’s nothing personal” in Personal Knowledge Management edited by Pauleen and Gorman. This is a late evening interview at the Vic in Wellington NZ which has been transcribed and edited. David Pauleen wanted me to talk about personal knowledge management, I wanted to argue that knowledge is always social. The result is an interesting dance. The book also has chapters by Prusak and others.

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