Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Examples of Centralized and Decentralized Organizations

Examples of Centralized and Decentralized Organizations

Derived from...

Ori Brafman & Rod A. Beckstrom; The Starfish and the Spider

Can you spot a starfish organisation? (Quiz)

RAP2: The Pendulum Swings

In the Industrial Age, the top-down controlled hierarchies of centralized organizations were dominant.
In our Information or Knowledge Age, inspired by the decentralized structure of the Internet, a swing toward loosely connected networks or cells is becoming more common.
The immediate future suggests a flood of hybrid organizations that will change our view of organizational structure and leadership. Here's some examples of each type of organization...

  • Spiders
  • Dictatorship
  • Military
  • Government
  • Television
  • Typical Corporation
  • General Motors
  • Microsoft
  • Starfish
  • Our Brain
  • The Internet
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Apache Indians
  • Terrorist Cells
  • Open Source Software
  • Peer to Peer Software
  • Big Brother
  • Wikipedia
  • Craigslist
  • Toyota
  • Skype
  • Ebay
  • GE

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