Feb 10, 2004
The Changing Nature of the Organization
from my post on ISTT
In fact, taking the trends of how organizations develop, maybe it won't take long for organizations to not even attempt at being 'long-life' entities.
Maybe, just maybe (hear me out, all ye, before you rain brickbats on me ;-))!) organizations should eventually become that ultimate knowledge organization - A movie unit !
Ok...so what do I mean by that...?
Well, essentially that a movie unit is driven by both a creative and a commercial compulsion. It is initiated by a group to maximise RoI, taps into the skills of several talented individuals, brings out a product, and then disbands...
While it may be fearful to think of ourselves as technicians in a film crew, I wonder if the current business climate will not see us land at that eventuality in 10 years (considering also the fact that salaried people get taxed much heavily than freelance professionals- maybe the government is a party to that !)
Of course, then organizations will no longer extend for a half-life of more than a couple of years (radioactive metaphor not intentional ;-)
the pros and cons:
1. differentiating work/life will be diffucult
2. Each one for him/herself would be the norm
3. In-demand skill sets would change from project to project
4. The superstars would command huge hefty salaries
5. The rest of us would have to live hand-to-mouth existences ..while trying to be a superstar or coming to terms with our inability!
6. The 'producer' would continue raking in the moolah with continuing IP sales beyond the life of the organization
I hope so...!
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