Modern Management and e 2.0Posted: June 30, 2010
There is an interesting post about e 2.0 being an opportunity for modern management to fulfill its promise. What is interesting is that management visionaries have talked about the movement towards some scenarios being enabled by web 2.0 technologies and which we are talking about in the e 2.0 paradigm decades ago. Probably this is why they are called visionaries?
Especially, what stood out is quote from Max DePree:
Most discussions of decision making assume that only senior executives make decisions or that only senior executives’ decisions matter. This is a dangerous mistake.
This is something i discuss when i am making a presentation about KM. This is what i see as flattening of the world with respect to knowledge distribution. This is in addition to flattening with respect to geography. The idea is that earlier, there were differences in the level of knowledge which different people had access to. Some people had access to more knowledge, and these were the managers who took decisions on what needed to be done based on the knowledge they had access to, and there were others who did what was supposed to be done, based on the knowledge they had access to. This knowledge distribution is changing, with the availability of search, and with the availability of web 2.0 tools, which are essentially the facilitating point for e 2.0. In other words, today, more and more people have access to more or less similar knowledge, and hence, the assumption for centralized decision-making doesnt hold, and this is where the paradigm of e 2.0 develops. With more or less equal access to knowledge, more people across the organization are today better equipped to take decisions, which can enable the change to more e 2.0 ways of working.
In addition, i liked the quote from Michael Crozier:
The more sophisticated and complex the communication, the more it sounds simplistic. While simple message appears as a source of wealth, because it allows individuals to make it their own and discuss freely.
Something i think too. If one cannot explain an idea in under three sentences they arent too clear about it. Though please dont apply this logic to the blog.