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Introduction to Week One

Weekly introduction video
<v Speaker 1>Hello and welcome to the first week of our course. <v Speaker 1>We’ll kick things off by first focusing on the <v Speaker 1>shift we are all experiencing in our <v Speaker 1>communities, our businesses, and even in <v Speaker 1>the global economy. It is a shift from hierarchies to networks and we’ll discuss this shift and the changes that it makes in the way in which we think about strategy and this is not a recent phenomenon. Really over the last thirty years our world has been becoming dramatically more connected and this shift has changed how complex work gets done.
Together we will explore this transformation and we will ask you to draw on your own experiences to understand the deep shift that is taking place. An agile approach to strategy, like strategic doing, demands a different way of thinking. For example in hierarchies clear boundaries are important to avoid duplication and confusion in networks boundaries are inherently fuzzy so we need new approaches to avoid duplication and confusion. This week we explore how thinking in networks is different from thinking in hierarchies we’ve got a lot to cover so let’s get started.

For over thirty years, our world has become dramatically more connected. This shift has changed how complex work gets done. This week we will explore the transformation underway and prompt you to draw on their own experiences to understand the deep shift that is taking place. We will also begin to consider how a more agile approach to strategy demands a different way of thinking. From thinking on hierarchies. for example, where clear boundaries are important to avoid duplication and confusion; to thinking in networks, where boundaries are inherently fuzzy.

By the end of this week you will be able to

(1) identify examples from your own experiences that illustrate the shift from hierarchies to networks,

(2) demonstrate an understanding of how strategy is different in networks than it is in hierarchies,

(3) identify characteristics of network-based thinking,

and (4) apply network-thinking to address a problem or opportunity that is important in in your community or organization.

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