17/03/2011

Back to Basics: Which eco-system you belong to?

Dr.Mohammed

Once upon a time, women were happily living with men in natural forests, deserts, mountains and coastal areas. Then suddenly, they wanted to create artificial means to enjoy their lives or gain power over other natural lives! They managed to create but they struggled to enjoy!

So what happened? There were living in naturally sustainable ways with common-sense knowledge called “ecology”, but shifted to styles of life that introduced unsustainable man-made ways with sophisticated knowledge of systems called “technology”! The good side of the story is that we now use technology to communicate, educate, generate and get better care and cure to our day-to-day demands. The bad news is that we are no longer enjoying simplicity as before! We create more waste to handle, more disease to cure, more chemicals to eat, more weapons to kill more animals, more pollution to harm environments.. and the list goes on!

One day, a woman reminded a man about how romantic the good-old simple but sustainable life-style was. So, they arranged to allow “technology” marry “ecology” and the magic “eco-system” was born!

“Ecosystem” is becoming a fashion-show for many organizations, governments or states enjoying the promises of knowledge-based economies. The show starts with just an idea, which then tries to cross the stage all the way to commercial audience. In doing so, it starts from a think tank (called educational institution), passing through a filter (called evaluation or validation), then goes to a body-shaper (called prototyping), before it begins the growth period (called product development), followed by large-quantity generation (called mass production), and ends up appealing to many customers (called market domination). The most critical factor to bear in mind is that productive think-tanks require adequate resources and effective strategies. What’s more, if the subsequent conditions are favorable, the overall process will result in wealth generation and job creation opportunities.

In reality, state ecosystems of some successful countries in the world required policy, vision and mission alignment of Ministry of Education, Ministry of Higher Education, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of National Economy, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Legal Affairs, Ministry of Information, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

This alignment requirement normally ensures the transformation of new ideas to economic products at local, regional and international scales.  On the other hand, organizational ecosystem of companies normally calls for internal and external resource alignment to sustain institutional processes of transforming innovative ideas into valuable or profitable utilizations. So, which ecosystem you will create if you are a managing director of a company, and you are given all the resources you request from your stakeholders?