Course: MGMT 8035-Complexity & Applied System Thinking

Course: MGMT 8035-Complexity & Applied System Thinking

Discussion: Distributed Intelligence – 2-3 pages Due 24hrs

Select an organization and consider its distributed intelligence. Think back to the systems thinking disciplines: personal mastery, shared vision, team learning, mental models, and systems thinking. Can you identify any simple rules within distributed intelligence that applies to human organizations? What might be some advantages of distributed intelligence vis-à-vis command and control leadership?

The discussion: To prepare for this Discussion, review the resources and respond as follows:

1. Introduction
2 . Abstract
3 .  Provide an example of distributed intelligence in your selected organization.
4  .  Then, explain how it might contribute to improving your organization or to your organization becoming a learning organization.
5.   Finally, explain any advantages of distributed intelligence for leading and managing the organization.
7.Provide at least two relevant and recent academic journal (2012-2016) to support your discussion.

Bonabeau, E., & Meyer, C. (2001). Swarm intelligence: A whole new way to think about business. Harvard Business Review, 107–114. Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
Uhl-Bien, M., & Marion, R. (Eds.). (2008). Complexity leadership, part 1: Conceptual foundations. Charlotte, NC: Information Age.
Chapter 9, “Emergent Strategy Via Complexity Leadership: Using Complexity Science and Adaptive Tension to Build Distributed Intelligence” (pp. 225–268)
Shirky, C. (2009). How social media can make history[Video file]. Retrieved from
Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 16 minutes.

Tapscott, D. (2012). Four principles for the open world[Video file]. Retrieved from
Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 18 minutes.

Fisher, L. (2009). The perfect swarm: The science of complexity in everyday life. New York, NY: Basic Books.

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