Exploring Management 2.0

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The politicization of decision making and the existence of turf wars and turf protection are the primary barriers thrown up by the management systems of the status quo. You could also think of this as the lack of a meritocracy with trust/responsibility being earned on the proven value of ideas/production.

But new, socially or democratically based management systems throw up their own barriers by lacking decision making responsibility and empowerment. There's no place the buck stops in a big circle of ideas. Analysis paralysis ensues as brainstorming sessions go on and on to infinity just so everyone can have a chance to have a say. This inability to select and move forward into a market (of ideas or sales or presentations) is the primary barrier that social web based management schemes throw up.

New systems must learn how to harness the power of communities of passion and ideas of the crowd while retaining the ability of older systems to make a decision, set a course and follow through to bring the ideas and passion to the market.

Past management systems based on strict hierarchy and power fail in large part because of inbred information and yes-men/women. Future systems fail in large part because they lack the resolve to discriminate.

Harvard Business Review is hosting a survey on the future of management. Check it out here. Better yet, participate and let your voice be heard.

Comments:

I (very) rarely do this in blog comments, but ... Given the post above, esp. paras 3 and 4, I'd be interested to learn what you think of this short essay I wrote early last year ? "Will Enterprise 2.0 Drive Management Innovation ?" I'll come back in a day or two to see if you have offered any feedback ... of course you don't have to offer any, but I do hope you won't take me for an attention troll. I am indeed curious, and think that my premises probably align well with what you have written above.

Posted by Jon Husband on February 27, 2009 at 03:52 PM CST #

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