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In praise of redundancy: how fractal structures create adaptability and flexibility

Written By Kristen Sukalac Posted in culture & change, leadership & engagement

In praise of redundancy: how fractal structures create adaptability and flexibility

In praise of redundancy: how fractal structures create adaptability and flexibility

This is the second article in a series looking at biomimicry as a management approach.

The combination of the economic crisis, a growing awareness of the need to improve the sustainability of human activities, and the rise of social media, among other factors, call into question whether traditional hierarchical organizations -- with task specialization -- are best-suited for today's imperatives. Fractals may provide a better alternative.

From cog in the wheel to superorganism

Written By Kristen Sukalac Posted in strategy & sustainability

From cog in the wheel to superorganism

From cog in the wheel to superorganism

This is the first article in a series looking at biomimicry as a management approach.

Human organizations are increasingly loose networks of actors surrounded by constellations of stakeholders, and researchers are discovering that human organizations actually are living organisms. But in many cases, we have actually been impeding their natural functioning with our linear, hierarchical procedures. Managers need to learn how to facilitate the interactions that will foster "swarm intelligence".

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