Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

Spiders and Starfish

Oct 29, 2007

Summary of a recent book, The Starfish and the Spider, by Ori Brafman and Rod Beckstrom, another book about centralized versus decentralized organizations. The authors talk about a 'sweet spot' half way in between (say) Craigslist and department stores - but when the distributed alternatives work so well, one wonders what's so 'sweet' about breaking that model, even if only a little bit. Also, "If you think that decentralization is not an option for your organization, consider that your employees may strongly disagree, as reported by Ross Dawson."


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