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The gift of a world

It’s heavy – that’s all I can tell at first. Slowly, carefully, I unwrap the present my great-niece has given me. It’s a small wooden box, with brass hinges and fastener, and with my name inlaid on top in green

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Business-models between for-profit and not-for-profit

Is money the only possible form of profit? And if not, what does that imply for design of business-models? – and, beyond that, to economics itself? This is one that I’ve been struggling with, both personally and professionally, for a

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A kind of manifesto (short version)

Enterprise-architecture is dead; long live the architecture of the enterprise? Or something like that, anyway… Time for a kind of manifesto, I guess? As is perhaps too usual in my writing, the full-length version of the ‘manifesto’ ended up, uh, kinda long…

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A kind of manifesto

Enterprise-architecture is dead; long live the architecture of the enterprise? Or something like that, anyway… So, what next? Time for a kind of manifesto, I guess? At the least, time for a fairly major paradigm-change in how we view the

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Pay, performance and the NHS

What can we do about the NHS – the UK’s National Health Service? Costs are spiralling, its IT failures are internationally infamous, and after several horrendous scandals, morale is at an all-time low. The British government knows exactly what to

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Dotting the joins (the JEA version)

[The new editor of the Journal of Enterprise Architecture, Len Fehskens, asked me to expand my previous post 'Dotting the joins' into a formal paper for the Journal. Which I did, and it was duly published in the August 2013

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Dotting the joins

Have we gone dotty? – all the way out to the level of the entire economy? And if we have, what can we usefully do about it? It’s a metaphorical question, of course – but perhaps not quite in the

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Every organisation is ‘for-profit’

What’s the fundamental difference between a for-profit organisation, and a not-for-profit one? Or, for that matter, between either of those and, say, a government department, or an NGO (non-governmental organisation)? Short answer: none – because every organisation is a for-profit organisation. The only

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Extreme cooperation

If you were literally joined to someone else for life, how well would you cope? Over the past couple of days I’ve been watching one of the most inspiring television-documentaries I’ve ever seen: ‘Abby and Brittany: Joined for life‘. (The

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A Modest Proposal

After half a decade, the challenges and problems arising from the financial collapse of 2007-8 are still dragging on and on. With the economies of entire countries seemingly brought to their knees, and no apparent end in sight to any

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