The Evolution of the 21st-Century Organization

via John Kotter

Concept of hybrid network / hierarchy in the intra-organizational context seems analogous to the concept of hybrid network / hierarchy for “innovation ecosystems” in the inter-organizational context.

We form machines in the image of our brain; we form organizations in the image of our brain.

hierarchy / linear / monolithic structure –> operational / repetitive functions –> primitive brain
network / nonlinear / granular structure –> creative / non-repetitive functions –> advanced brain

Optimizing for agility vs. efficiency… in the context of an “organizational operating system“.



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