Decision-Making and E2.0Posted: November 12, 2009
What is the impact of E2.0 on decision-making? In the organization, that is. This is a question which is talked about, but probably not as much as it should be. This is because this is really the central part of E2.0. Unless we look at the decision-making aspect of organizations, its a bit tricky to actually understand E2.0.
This comes from Gil Yehuda’s blog, where he blogged about the impact of e2.0 in Germany. Among the several imortant aspects specific to Germany, Gil brings up some interesting points. One is the supposed similarity between the union and E2.0 models, unions being a community with the members of the community having shared interests, and a stake in the agenda of the community, which is shared, too (i hadnt thought about it this way). But what is more interesting is what Gil mentions about decision-makers. To quote:
The union leaders are not so keen on having E2.0 tools since it can result in eroding their power and give more power to the workers that the union represents. Managers in small companies can also form owner-councils. This can help them negotiate with the workers’ councils — and may also be threatened by the shift in power too. In other words — there are decision makers on both sides that are threatened by E2.0.
This is probably the central aspect of E2.0 because the key to E2.0 is that decision-making, and the responsibility that goes along with it is distributed across the organization. Does this have implications about the structure of the organization the way it is today? I think it does. And, does this mean that E2.0 represents a totally decentralized, laissez-faire kind of decision-making patterns? I think not. More about that later, but for now, the point i am trying to make is that the patterns of distribution of decision-making and the responsibility that goes along with it is the key to E2.0. How these patterns are going to emerge and what is going to be the nature of distribution is something which we need to see because this would probably depend on a number of factors influenced argely by the context in which these are done.