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Audio of “Managing from Clarity”

Managing from Clarity ISC President James Ritchie-Dunham reads chapters from the book he co-authored Managing from Clarity (Wiley, 2001). [mp3-jplayer tracks=”Introduction to the Book@http://www.archive.org/download/ManagingFromClarityAReadingByCo-authorJamesRitchie-dunham/MfcIntroductionToBook.mp3, Chapter 1: Introduction@http://www.archive.org/download/ManagingFromClarityAReadingByCo-authorJamesRitchie-dunham/MfcChapter1Introduction.mp3, Chapter 2: The GRASP Map@http://www.archive.org/download/ManagingFromClarityAReadingByCo-authorJamesRitchie-dunham/MfcChapter2TheGraspMap.mp3, Chapter 3: The Top to Bottom Gap@http://www.archive.org/download/ManagingFromClarityAReadingByCo-authorJamesRitchie-dunham/MfcChapter3TheTopToBottomGap.mp3, Chapter 4: Management’s Job@http://www.archive.org/download/ManagingFromClarityAReadingByCo-authorJamesRitchie-dunham/MfcChapter4ManagementsJob.mp3″]  

The Four Truths of Clarity

Understanding the complexity of our organizations, what they want to achieve, and how to go about achieving what they want isn’t hard because people don’t have the tools; it is hard because people haven’t been shown how to use them.  What I refer to as “the Four Truths of Clarity” show that we do have […]

A Learning History of the CARE-LAC – Institute for Strategic Clarity Guatemala Poverty Project

Objectives of the document This is a learning document rather than an evaluation, although if used well it should also achieve evaluation objectives. It aims to: Provide a framework for the project participants’ identification of key Tentative Lessons Learned / Observations. Create a record of the project that will support adapting the approach by others […]

A Framework for Achieving Clarity for You and Your Organization

One of the keys to to being effective is to understand the complexity of your organization, what it seeks to achieve, and how you can contribute to that objective.  Through a series of exercises, you can gain clarity about these elements.  With an integrated understanding of what values drive the system’s behavior, how the parts […]

Optimizing the Organizational Design of a Typical Upstream Exploration and Production Company

In the petroleum business, the acquisition, exploration, and production functions are highly interrelated, yet they usually are conceptualized and managed as independent areas. Much of this separation is because of the very complex nature of both exploration and production operations. Another is that, financially, most companies evaluate exploration opportunities separately from production opportunities.  To break through this traditional barrier, an […]

Designing High-leverage Strategies and Tactics

Shingo’s breakthrough improves the way strategy researchers and managers talk about and design high-leverage strategies and tactics. Seeing production as a concatenated net of operations and processes not only negates the dysfunctional effects of Anthony’s paradigm, but also leads to a framework for strategic management (SM) as a well-specified net of strategies and tactics that […]

Balanced Scorecards, Mental Models, and Organizational Performance

Organizations are heavily investing in enterprise-wide information systems and performance scorecards intended to improve strategic decision making. However, there is a need for better evidence that using these technologies systematically improves organizational performance. To overcome the lack of experimental control when studying real firms, the current study investigates decision behavior within a realistic simulation of […]

Managing from Clarity: Identifying, Aligning and Leveraging Strategic Resources

In searching for the organizational ‘magic’ that makes some businesses thrive and other fail, management gurus, academic seers and business leaders strive to articulate a single reason for success. Managers are then faced with analyzing numerous findings and trying to integrate the best elements from each view that makes sense to them. Managing from Clarity […]

Toward a Dynamic Theory of Antibiotic Resistance

Many common bacterial pathogens have become increasingly resistant to the antibiotics used to treat them. The evidence suggests that the essential cause of the problem is the extensive and often inappropriate use of antibiotics, a practice that encourages the proliferation of resistant mutant strains of bacteria while suppressing the susceptible strains. However, it is not […]