A digital paradigm is an emerging ecosystem of principles, policies, and practices that set limits or boundaries; and also offers the guidance for creating something new under the digital rules.
The digital paradigm shift is inevitable, today’s hyper-connected, over-complex and interdependent society should reflect the interrelatedness and hyper-diversity we observe in nature.
The idea of digital paradigm shifting, starts from mind shift: The digital paradigm has many dimensions technologically, sociologically, ecologically. These dimensions interact and mutually influence each other. Increasingly, we should see value in being mindful of, and of surfacing the paradigm in question of we’re here to engage in a structured way to “see the whole” from different angles. Information is abundant, all-permeating consciousness has made different entities of the digital ecosystem and nature responsive, communicative, and allows people to identify the leverage points of the system for making seamless paradigm shifts. The new age of digital thinking attributes value and purpose to the ecosystem. Our consciousness at every stage of evolution is synchronized with the spirit of Nature.
If the industrial age is more static and silo based, then the digital era is dynamic and informative. Those who look through the lens of the previous era see their own reality very differently from those who use the lens that the new era has crafted. Business problems also become intrigued as causes are often nonlinear, and there are many interconnected pieces in them. Business leaders and professionals should apply multidimensional thinking to either making fair judgments or sound decisions, leverage collective mindsets to brainstorm new ideas or co-develop knowledge, accelerate their thinking to solve over-complex business problems and target the goals with growth. It adds adventure to the digital journey that comes with it.
The open innovation paradigm is a new paradigm requiring a radically different social and economic structure: We are at the intersection of knowledge economy and creative economy. Digital organizations are all about information savvy, people-centricity, innovation, potentiality, and speed. With such a digital paradigm shift, knowledge is not less important, but more important, knowledge-based insight is the most wanted vision to see the world in a holistic and intimate way. Structure and behavior are two elements co-working in every system designed by human evolution. To catalyze and scale up innovation, making a paradigm shift does not always mean to make “big plans” or “blueprint,” but starting from cross boundary communication and collaboration, co-create fresh ideas and co-solving problems effectively.
Flattened organizational structure and collaborative behaviors are crucial to achieve such a state of dynamic balance and drive smooth digital revolution. Organizations are socio-technical so organizational learning models should be socio-technical in nature. All are based on the continuous exchange of information and streamlined idea flow with the environment: the behavior points out the relations between the system and the environment; the structure points out the impacts on the transformation of environment condition on the ecosystem.
Supporting multiple paradigmatic of demand means working with multi-sided forms of demand supported by correspondingly multi-sided platforms: Nowadays, all things are connected to a certain degree, every organization is a switch connected to the ever-evolving business ecosystem. The world is a living network in which everything is stored, that we would need to think profoundly about our collective progress as a human race. What now has to be understood are the complex dynamics of the ecosystem within which the business is competing and with which the business is unavoidably entangled.
The linear system perception is replaced by complex adaptive systems, a goal-seeking system becomes purposeful, and technical behavior is replaced by socio-technical behavior to improve people-centricity. The mechanistic production metaphor needs to be replaced with organic service metaphor; technology centrism becomes multi-disciplinary. The emerging digital collaboration platforms and tools provide unprecedented convenience for people all over the place to brainstorm ideas and overcome common challenges.
The pace of digital paradigm shifts is quickening. It is the transformation that is reshaping our thinking and recasting the way we view ourselves, the systems of which we are a part of the environments in which we live, and the way we view the world. A digital paradigm is an emerging ecosystem of principles, policies, and practices that set limits or boundaries; and also offers the guidance for creating something new under the digital rules. The organizations or societies that have hit the heights of success in the digital world aren’t those that have determinedly followed the old models and ways of thinking; it’s those that have forged a new path.