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Designing the Networked Organization
Ken Everett proposes the network as the organization of the future, and he wrote this book, with the help of five colleagues, to help the architects of such future organizations.
He started his own network out of necessity—limited financial resources at start up—but then encountered surprising benefits. He found networked organizations to be resilient, innovative and leader-full, and that these characteristics arise out of the design. This potential applies equally to networks of independent associates as it does to traditional organizations willing to adopt a new style of leadership—a style closer to ‘hosting’ than ‘commanding’.
This is a practice-based book: Its developmental model was earned through experience. The model lays out three phases, from connections to communities to coalitions, or from ‘doing fine’ to ‘getting better’ to ‘getting better at getting better’. Ken Everett illustrates these claims with real-life examples. He tells how a family company with only 3 employees grew to be represented in 30 countries via 300 colleagues.
The potential of the networked organization is new, and that’s what this book is about.
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