In Defense of Humans—Machines Are Not Ready Yet
I recently submitted an internal organizational document that was spellchecked in addition to my review; several times. One sentence where there the intent was to say, “that which is …” was change to “that witch is …” Did I type it wrong or did ‘auto…
Culture matters A Lot! Cultural Interactions matter MORE!!
“Failures of culture have been the single biggest destroyers of value in the last five years,” states the former senior vice president of HR of Google in a recent article.[i] This revelation by one of the contemporary tech giants supports the previous dictum, “Culture eats…
Chain of Custody: Is Your Management System Ready?
“This eliminates the possibility for human error.” This is an actual quote taken from one of the many blockchain ‘credible’ websites readily available—citation withheld to protect the guilty. And, the Titanic was unsinkable! From another credible sources, “Is blockchain secure for my business? Simply put,…
Man—Machine: Extension or Versus?
Are the emerging machines our friend or foe? The debut of new technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things IoT) and a host of others seem to be drowning us as we drink from a technological fire hose. Additionally, driverless vehicles, the Gig…
Zero: What If Switching Costs are Near?
Customer Acquisition and Retention (CAR) are two of the most important activities of the Marketing and Sales strategies and should be KPIs for “C” suite occupants as well. One of the classic case studies of the battle over CAR is the so-called Cola Wars initiated…
Aging Success: Never Give Up!
We live in a youth culture. As young Baby Boomers, we were going to change the world. Later other Gens would say the same. Is it now too late for those over 50 to attain entrepreneurial success? A serial (often failed) entrepreneur, (Kentucky) Colonel Harland…
Your Career at the Speed of Light: Or Faster?
As a physics student in the 1960s, I and others became fascinate by the hypothetical particle that travels faster than the speed of light; the Tachyon.[i] Then and to date, this particle/theory has not been found/proven. Conventional wisdom remains that traveling faster than the speed…
Houston . . .
“The Eagle has landed,” and fifty years ago mankind had accomplished the heretofore seemingly impossible. Two men on the moon became a game changer and not in just the way most believe. Yes, technology advancement owes much to these early space pioneers traceable to the…
Oil: In the DNA of the Silicon Valley
When discussing the likelihood of DNA in crude oil, one source comments, “So the DNA they are talking about is like the DNA, where they’re looking at the live bacteria in the crude oil, which would be descendants of the bacteria that was around when…
Brand Your Digital Oilfield Culture: Internalize Its Transformation
Our recent article, “The Digital Oilfield Culture: Transformation Value for the Organizational Ecosystem” (pp.24-26) takes a somewhat different change management approach.[i] Why not brand your digital oilfield culture? Most consumers are familiar with the so-called ‘Brand Name.’ These are names so ubiquitous that in some…
Critical Mass: Value from the RBC Framework
Nuclear physicists define the term, “critical mass” as the amount of fissile material whereby a nuclear reaction is self-sustaining. From that original definition, the construct is further developed along societal and political terms as a function of the environment and number of adopters and their interdependencies that create enough of a consensus for individual actions that sustains an undertaking.
In 1996, the author published the first of several case studies on a societal interaction model based on the Relationships, Behavior and Conditions (RBC) construct among economic actors. Previously the model was only in the domain of academia.
This blog addresses contemporary issues from the RBC perspective and whether in the present state they are sustainable or not. Many readers may be familiar with the “Innovation Adoption Curve.” RBC seeks to enlighten the causality of behaviors that cause movement towards the critical mass that generates movement along this diffusion curve.
- In Defense of Humans—Machines Are Not Ready Yet October 1, 2019
- Culture matters A Lot! Cultural Interactions matter MORE!! September 22, 2019
- Chain of Custody: Is Your Management System Ready? September 15, 2019
- Man—Machine: Extension or Versus? August 26, 2019
- Zero: What If Switching Costs are Near? August 25, 2019
Other Blogs Dr. Shemwell Authors
Dr. Shemwell is an author for the following 3rd party blogs.
Governing Energy Blog
BTOES Insights is the content portal for Business Transformation & Operational Excellence opinions, reports & news. Dr. Shemwell is a contributor.
Consult 2050 connects organizations with a wide range of consultants all around the world. The firm operates an online marketplace for consultancy services.
About the Author
Dr. Scott M. Shemwell has over 30 years technical and executive management experience primarily in the energy sector. He is the author of six books and has written extensively about the field of operations. Shemwell is the Managing Director of The Rapid Response Institute, a firm that focuses on providing its customers with solutions enabling Operational Excellence and regulatory compliance management. He has studied cultural interactions for more than 30 years—his dissertation; Cross Cultural Negotiations Between Japanese and American Businessmen: A Systems Analysis (Exploratory Study) is an early peer reviewed manuscript addressing the systemic structure of societal relationships.