©2004-13, Timothy Grayson


©2004-13, Timothy Grayson



"Context" covers a broad swathe of arcane subject areas that are, apparently, becoming quite generally popular—even if misunderstood. I don't profess to having serious depth in all of these fields. Subject areas include Chaos and Complexity, Emergence, non-linearity and assymmetry, self-organization, information cascades, entropy and the 2nd law of thermodynamics artfully applied, increasing returns economics, and so on. Still, all of these do inform my second book.

The papers

Keep it Simple, (we're) Stupid (09/13) -- A minor attack on the cult of simplicity and simplifying, only because nobody distinguishes between simple as "clear and uncomplicated" and simple as "easy and accessible." The first is essential; the latter is misguided. (800 words)

Trust Deficit (07/08) -- In the terms and context of not trusting politicians, a brief contemplation of what trust is all about and how it affects organizations. (800 words)

Complexity of Choice (11/07) -- A white paper prepared for Canada Post that speaks to the value that is provided by organizations and people that narrow alternatives for people, including necessarily limiting product and service options. (2,250 words)

Bilblical Change (04/07) -- "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it," said Ferris Bueller. I contemplate whether things are moving faster these days. (775 words)

Structured to Fail (10/03) -- I've convinced myself that structure determines outcome to a great degree. The support is in the thinking of complexity theory. (1,100 words)

Caveat Reader (01/01) -- Business books of every sort are not panacea, as likely to cause harm as do good. Beware of what you read and who you follow. (800 words)

The Real "Best" Practice in the New Economy (01/01) -- The "best" practice for the new economy may be not to recognize any practices as empirically best, but most appropriate in the circumstances. (800 words)