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Collaboration and democracy

The shift towards long-distance collaboration in the design and production of goods and services is helping shape the future of democracy. Some corporations recognise that old hierarchies aren’t working. Sometimes they even mandate that their subordinate units break with old practices. The irony! “I demand that you all start disregarding hierarchy immediately!!” The trouble is, any structure in which most individuals are inaccessible to others is going to be inefficient in turbulent times. As Charles Handy said 5 years ago, ‘Hierarchy, generally, is losing its legitimacy while partnership is in... Read The Rest →

Adhocracy Vs Bureaucracy

40 years ago, Toffler said, ‘It will be a long time before the last bureaucratic hierarchy is obliterated. For bureaucracies are well suited to tasks that require masses of moderately educated men to perform routine operations.’ Bureaucracy makes sense where no radical change is taking place, but it stands to reason that a startling increase in change in the environment around us calls for a shorter life span of organisational forms. Likewise, hierarchy becomes inefficient when we need more info, more interaction, quicker decision-making, rapid action. There are all sorts... Read The Rest →

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