Complexity-Based Agile Enterprises: Putting Self- Organizing Emergence To Work
Source: ILR School, Cornell University
Organizations competing in hypercompetitive marketplaces have two possible paths to potential success. They can attempt to transform traditional bureaucracies into more nimble, adaptable, and resilient entities, which clearly is the path most traveled. Or they can try path breaking, which involves adopting a completely different organizational paradigm: the Complexity-based Agile Enterprise (C-bAE). C-bAEs have no a priori hierarchies, no a priori organizational structures, and no a priori business strategies. They rely instead on ongoing interactions among self-organizing participants operating at the edge of chaos to form and reform, strategize and re-strategize on the fly.