Connection and the Evolution of Business
I’m starting to publish again on The Huffington Post. This one is about the shift to networks in business.
We’ve come a long way since the days when the Ford Rouge Complex was the cutting edge of organizational design. But in some ways, we’re still stuck in the old model. Though we might not say it explicitly, we still tend to think of the corporation as a kind of machine; a mechanical, deterministic thing that we wind up and point in the direction of making money.
That is the old model, where connections are deliberate, planned and controlled, and it is not the true nature of the firm. The true nature of the firm is nature, and it is now time to look to biology for guidance on how it creates value in the new, networked era — the era of radical connectedness.