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By Frederic Laloux. Published by Nelson Parker.
The way we manage organizations seems increasingly out of date. Survey after survey shows that a majority of employees feel disengaged from their companies. The epidemic of organizational disillusionment goes way beyond Corporate America-teachers, doctors, and nurses are leaving their professions in record numbers because the way we run schools and hospitals kills their vocation. Government agencies and nonprofits have a noble purpose, but working for these entities often feels soulless and lifeless just the same. All these organizations suffer from power games played at the top and powerlessness at lower levels, from infighting and bureaucracy, from endless meetings and a seemingly never-ending succession of change and cost-cutting programs.
Call it what you will--Self-Management, Holarchy, ROWE--but we are definitely seeing a rise in the number of workplaces that are ditching traditional management. Pam Ross's January article with the Huffington Post introduces several companies that are experimenting with how to best organize work.
At the 2014 SMI Symposium, Professor Rajshree Agarwal brings her expertise to the problem statements in the case studies presented over the course of the event.
Dr. Debra France drives leadership development and learning for scientists and engineers at W. L. Gore & Associates.
For his article in the Fall 2013 issue of The Conference Board Review ("Who's In Charge Here?"), Vadim Liberman researched a variety of self-managed companies and presents ways in which learning about "bossless organizations can teach you how to be a better boss."