Hierarchies and networks exist inside an organization, and their relationship is complex. Kamal explains the vertical alignment of hierarchies and how the mass majority of large institutions/organizations are drawn into a hierarchy.
Kamal then moves into networks:
"Since networks are not planned or directed by a single authority, they have a great capacity to innovate and spread." - Oday Kamal
They challenge hierarchies in three key ways:
"First, they drastically increase the volume of information and speed with which others have access to it. Second, they empower the individual to publicize things more broadly, beyond their social circle. Third, they expose the inefficiencies of hierarchical forms of organizing and their inability to fulfill pledges as a result of outdated policies, unnecessary processes and bureaucratic procedures." - Kamal
I want to draw attention to these 3 points Kamal makes. At the core of each, is speed. Technology has enabled networks to have a bigger impact in the world as they can grow exponentially without their communications staggering behind. Their ability to share is amplified through their openness to publicize more broadly. Transparency is infectious, and as the speed of sharing increases, so will their ability to learn and adapt as an organization.
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