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As the flow of information increases, companies are gaining competitive advantages by shifting their focus from efficiency to their ability to learn and respond rapidly to new information. Companies today are realizing that adaptability and iteration speed are paramount, necessitating a fundamental rethinking of corporate structures and information systems.What are your thoughts?
"It is a process that brings order out of nothing but ourselves; it can not be attained, but will happen of its own accord, if we will only let it."In any big city, bread is baked and delivered to stores and restaurants. "Who designed the bread delivery process?" Of course, nobody did, not in any central way. However, bread delivery is accomplished, and it is not really that inefficient. The bread delivery process was designed by Alexander's "Timeless Way of Building" which, as it turns out, involves a healthy dose of adaptiveness. http://social-biz.org/2010/07/05/adaptive-designed-for-change/ In the big picture, adaptiveness is really just design for change, and change is an imperative in complex systems.
Companies today are realizing that adaptability and iteration speed are paramount, necessitating a fundamental rethinking of corporate structures and information systems.Not true, they've realized this for years, they just didn't have the tools and enablers available in such abundance as they did before. The flaw here is forcing a change in corporate structure when coexistence can occur. There are formal and informal network structures at work in organizations today, it's the informal ones that need to be an integral part of the flexibility and adaptability that BPM seeks to take advantage of. You can have efficient corporate structures and highly adaptive informal ones in the same company without sacrifice.