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On power and enterprise architecture

Exploring how power-issues affect architectures

About the Book

This anthology from the Tetradian weblog tackles the issues around power and responsibility - or lack of them - and how these affect not just our architectures and organisations but society as a whole.

This book includes about 40 posts and 50 images from the weblog. These posts are split into four groups:

  • Power and Society: Responsibilities and Rights - assesses the relationships between rights and responsibilities, and how concepts of power underpin both.
  • Power and Society: Architecture and Responsibility - reviews how issues around power and responsibility can impact on the requirements and concerns for our architectures.
  • Power and Society: Irresponsibility - outlines the challenges that arise when individuals, organisations, industries or entire societies align around a systematic and often intentional irresponsibility.
  • Power and Society: Power and the Person - explores how power-issues affect the individual, particularly in the context of work
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Tom Graves
Tom Graves

Tom Graves has been an independent consultant for more than four decades, in business transformation, enterprise architecture and knowledge management. His clients in Europe, Australasia and the Americas cover a broad range of industries including small-business, banking, utilities, manufacturing, logistics, engineering, media, telecoms, research, defence and government. He has a special interest in whole-enterprise architectures for non-profit, social, government and commercial enterprises.

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Table of Contents

  • On power
    • Practical applications for enterprise-architecture
  • A problem of power
  • On cults
  • From rights to responsibilities
  • People, assets, relationships and responsibility
  • Power, people and enterprise-architecture
    • Putting it into practice
  • Four principles – 2: There are no rights
    • Principle #2: There are no rights – only responsibilities
    • Implications for enterprise-architecture
  • A post-rights era?
  • An architecture of responsibility
  • Power and politics in enterprise-architecture
  • Power-issues in EA – tread carefully…
  • Yes and no: a question of commitment
  • Why vision?
  • Trust and the enterprise
  • Management as ‘just another service’
  • Rebalancing top-down management-architectures
    • Viable System Model
    • Management on an aircraft-carrier
    • Engineers and fitters in a research-laboratory
    • Officer-training in the Army
    • Summary
  • Insuperordination
    • Implications for enterprise-architecture
  • Competition-against or competition-with?
    • Implications in business-architecture and enterprise-architecture
  • Collaboration and anticollaboration – a tangible metaphor
  • Anticlients are antibodies
  • Enterprise-architecture - too WEIRD, too WIRED?
  • Beware of ‘policy-based evidence’
    • Implications for enterprise-architecture
  • Hope, optimism and delusion
  • An everyday tyranny?
  • When leadership takes risk
  • Responsibility versus anti-possession as response to disaster
  • Anti-clients, kurtosis-risks and public riots
  • Why are the elite the elite?
  • Antifragility and bullying
  • Power, responsibility and bullying in the workplace
  • What happens when kurtosis-risk eventuates
  • Should companies go to jail?
  • “I die inside…”
  • Landmines on legs
  • Apologising for the apologies
  • Struggling with English negativity
  • On ‘Why Smart People Get Depressed’
  • On gamification
  • Gamification and infinite-games
  • Questions on belief
  • Extreme cooperation

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