Comment: Liv (Dec 17, 2004)
Interesting question... on the same topic but in a different domain, I came across this week:
The Plight of Middle Managers
Which discusses the fallacy of non-hierarchical companies. An indication that hierarchies vs. networks is not a matter of technology, but behavior. And that hierarchies are intrinsic to behavior and organization, not just the 'lack of a better tool'.
This doesn't answer Thomas' question, but I'd add that technology is always an enabler, but never a strategy. We can outline an intricate relational network with pen and paper, it just takes longer.
Comment: Lou (Dec 18, 2004)
Thomas goes deeper into this issue on his own blog: http://vanderwal.net/random/entrysel.php?blog=1598
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