The Org Chart is NOT The Org

Aaron Silvers, Weblog, Oct 13, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This item got me thinking about organizations and how they are organized. The basic premise of the article is that the organization chart misrepresent s how an organization is really structured, but that it would be difficult to create the actual graph, especially given that this structure may be dynamic. "If you replaced the org chart (a static assumption of what the org should be) with a network analysis chart, you'd have a living, dynamic graph of what your org is, and you can evaluate, with different tools that look for different attributes." But even better, you can start messing around with it. For example, you could start by implementing cycles that ensure that management roles rotate (reminds me a bit of faculty councils). How would your managers behave toward you if they knew that before long, in another context, you would be managing them? Ah, sweet justice.
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