What is Wirearchy ?

The Internet is connecting customers, employees and communities and empowering them with information in ways never before possible. Taking decisions and managing organized activities are being impacted in powerful ways by interconnected networks of people and technology. 

The impacts we're experiencing are creating new dynamics in organizations as well as emergent forms of organized activities that are based on participation and peer-to-peer interaction. As people get used to operating in these new conditions, often (but not always) the results are nimble, responsive, and results-focused networked groups and teams. 

The new interconnected environment demands new principles for organizing collaborative activity. Traditional hierarchy does not lead and support networked activity as well as newer forms and principles.

And ... over the last ten years, it has become quite clear that the impacts of these living social networks will only grow, both in depth and reach. 

Welcome to the networked era ...

The Internet and the Web have been an insistently-growing part of our everyday lives for a decade now. For better or worse, interconnectedness demands a new paradigm for our individual and collective futures.  Now that almost a billion people are connected on some social network or other, the conditions are settling into place.  But we're barely starting to get used to the ways they are penetrating a wide range of organized human activity, both at work and elsewhere.

Wirearchy is an emergent organizing principle for this new environment defined by interconnected networks of people.  Social networks of all sorts have rapidly expanded over the past five years and are becoming key elements in the ecosystems of entertainment, work, education, politics and commerce.

The impacts of wirearchy are showing up in clear ways all around us, and can be seen in daily events and in the ways people are working, behaving, and buying.  Examples are reported on regularly, as the impacts of living in the digital infrastructure of an electronic age take root.

Hierarchy Is Morphing Into Wirearchy

We all know and understand hierarchy - the enduring principle of the institutions that govern us and in which we work and live. The people at the top of the institutions control the agendas and make the decisions, which are then "pushed" out and down to be executed, implemented, followed.

That's changing ... often dramatically.

The Web lets individual and connected groups of people "pull" information they want and/or need together in limitless combinations and ways, and distribute it amongst connections in almost any configuration.

This "wired" environment provides the conditions for a dramatic re-making of power relationships built on information and knowledge.  Online, consumers or colleagues or students or researchers (and so on) can operate in interconnected groups focused on given issues, topics or interests  ("Ridiculously easy group-forming", noted Clay Shirky in the 2009 book Here Comes Everybody) ... through sharing of information and knowledge, they can and do exert power that has not heretofore existed.  Generally, this (new) power seeks greater openness (often called transparency) by established institutions and markets with respect to practical information.

This emergent shift in power is also observable in the workplace of 2010 generally. The introduction of collaboration-based knowledge-work information systems that incorporate the Web and are central to an organization's information architecture brings employees and customers both to the fore, and makes social and cognitive behaviours of critical importance.  The integration of information about users & consumers with the information in databases and the easy accessibility of interfaces, hyperlinks and so on have created a new cognitive and social environment.  Economic and political governance assumptions are increasingly under examination, and the implicit social contract about work is becoming dated ... people increasingly work both together and alone under negotiated economic arrangements (short or long-term contracts), and under very different temporal conditions (real-time, and both synchronously and asynchronously).

Much has already been written about the reduced effectiveness of traditional hierarchy's dynamics of command-and-control as a touchstone management principle. Via networks, we are all making a transition to an environment in which championing ideas and then channeling and coordinating resources in order to achieve objectives are becoming the most effective means of increasing productivity and effectiveness. 

A major shift in the ways activities are planned and managed is occurring in many spheres of human activity, from command-and-control to coordinate-and-channel. When customers have more power and employees want to communicate and be heard, the dynamics have to change. 

A new organizing principle is emerging, called Wirearchy.  The working definition of wirearchy is: 
a dynamic two-way flow of power and authority based on information, knowledge, trust and credibility, enabled by interconnected people and technology

Ecollab Wirearchie

(Image courtesy of Marc Ngui)

Today's rapid flows of information are like electronic grains of sand, eroding the pillars of rigid hierarchies. This new set of conditions is having real impact on organizational structures and on the ways we do things and behave.

As an organizing principle for the networked era, wirearchy will continue to emerge and have impact. The generations coming into the workplace have interactive games, ICQ, Napster, chat rooms, MySpace, Facebook, and ubiquitous mobility under their skin. They're equipped with smarter software, and they take interconnectedness and flow for granted - it's second nature to them.

Polarities are appearing everywhere (hence the oft-cited notion of Both/And rather than Either/Or).  Different dimensions and dynamics of influence, power and control are emerging at various nodes of the interconnected workplace and world. 

The dynamics of wirearchy are similar to, and different than, traditional hierarchy - yet need effective hierarchical structure and action to work smoothly.

Some of this is exhilarating, and great. Some of it is not. Some of it is about greater confusion, stress and frantic action. Some of it is about clarity, calm and right action in the context of an interconnected world. 

The next fifty years will be about learning how we will behave, effectively and otherwise, in an interconnected world and workplace.

Stay tuned .. there's lots more to come.  The Internet is here to stay, and we in all likelihood will never go back to the way things were done before it's arrival.

Having said that, it's certain that making definitive predictions is one of the surest ways to make a fool of oneself.  So, please consider the preceding paragraph to be an informed opinion and not a prediction.

What Wirearchy Means For You 

As a Leader - become deeply aware of - and truly mindful about - the scope and reach of interconnected markets and flows of information. Understand how people are connecting, talking, sharing information. Be prepared to listen deeply, be responsible, accountable and transparent. 

As a Manager - become knowledgeable about online work systems and how the need for collaboration is changing the nature of work, generally - and the nature of managerial work specifically. Learning how to be an effective coach is all-important. 

As an Employee - become more aware of the changing nature of work, and the traditional structures of authority. Develop a clear understanding of how to be both empowered and valuable and of service. Understand how to navigate on one's own through a constantly shifting landscape of work. 

As a Citizen - understand the possibilities and responsibilities inherent in open and public dissemination of information. Understand and exercise the responsibilities of citizenship in a country. Understand how to have influence via electronic participation and collaboration. 

How To Respond to Wirearchy

It is about adapting on a continuous basis, to an environment that keeps changing based on real-time feedback.

This means: 

- being aware of, and identifying, the changes, 
- setting a direction for a desired future, 
- translating that into goals, 
- learning how to fulfill the goals, 
- taking the necessary actions. 

As the impacts of information technology have penetrated more deeply and pervasively into the workplace, the nature of work has shifted. The first responses were a general flattening of organizational structure and a focus on developing and implementing teamwork. 

Today, the responses are emerging thick and fast - and there are clear patterns emerging from those responses. 

Today's patterns will become tomorrow's structures.  The time to begin adapting is now.

 

Jon Husband Entreprise Collaborative Ecollab Contributeur

Jon Husband is a recognized expert on social media and social networks and their impacts on the established institutions of our society and the workplace of the future. He carries out research into business strategy, organizational structures and work design in the interconnected Knowledge Age, and consults to select organizations in Canada, the USA and western Europe

 

In the past Jon has been a banker and a Senior Principal for Hay Management Consultants in Canada and the UK where he specialized in work and organizational design and change initiatives for large multinational companies. In 2003 he co-founded a leading blog-related software company, and from 2004 – 2008 delivered workshops about the dynamics of interconnectivity and participation for clients such as Athabasca University's Executive MBA program and the Banff Centre's Leading Innovation program.

 

In 2007 he co-authored a book titled “Making Knowledge Work – the arrival of Web 2.0” and 2010 co-authored with Michel Cartier the book “La Société Émergente du XXIe Siècle”.

 

He writes and speaks about social media and social networks, and is an active speaker in Canada and internationally about the Web’s growing impact on enterprises and the societies in which we live, work and play.

 

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  Jay Cross, Chief Scientist at the Internet Time Group, is the author of Informal Learning: Rediscovering the natural pathways that inspire innovation and performance, which was...

Social Learning and Customer Engagement

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      One of the approaches to improving Customer Engagement and Experiences I’d like to explore is the potential to include customers, partners and suppliers in the Social...

LearnTrends 2009: The corporate learning trends and innovations conférence

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        From 17 to 19 November 2009 will take place one of the most important conferences devoted to trends and innovation in corporate learning. The theme of...

How to formalise Informal Learning

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In my last post, I asked some questions about formalising informal learning. And answered them. If: you understand that formalising informal learning will have organisation-wide consequences you use...

The Collaboration Cycle

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  In a previous instalment entitled “The Collaboration Curve”, I discussed the basic premise that over a period of time and as the use of collaboration...

Can we formalise Informal Learning

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  Ecollab ask the question for their blog carnival: Informal learning - can we formalise it? Should we? How much? How?   1. Can we? Is it practical? Any...

To Really Drive Enterprise 2.0 Forward We Need A Behaviour Change

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  At the beginning of the year, on January 2 in fact, I wrote about reciprocity. My hopes were that we’d begin using the behavior of reciprocity...

Informal Learning: Can we formalize it ?

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  Formalizing informal learning is my research topic for writing class. It may very well be the foundation of my dissertation! Recently I posted the mind...

Impact of Informal Learning: Output learning

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  How do you assess whether your informal learning, social learning, continuous learning and performance support initiatives have the desired impact or if they achieve the...

Apprenance en réseau : Entre formel et informel

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No translation available Pour Thierry de Baillon, je cite «  il est de plus en plus illusoire de vouloir considérer le savoir comme étant soit informel, soit...

From the silo enterprise to the networked enterprise

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  When an innovation emerges, there always are two steps. The first one consists in integrating the innovation in the way we work. The second one...

Creating Value from Social Learning

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  Social learning — namely, the use of social media in the workplace to foster learning, collaboration, networking, knowledge sharing, and communications — has taken on...

L'avenir de la formation et Mars

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 No translation available   Depuis plusieurs années, Mars a suscité l'intérêt des chercheurs. Des robots sont envoyés sur cette planète pour détecter des signes de vie et...

Social Learning, Social Media: Brothers in Arms

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    Is it me or does it seem that most vendors in the LMS/LCMS market still believe that with some smoke and mirrors, you won’t realize...

Social Learning: Take Me To Your Experts

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  Quick Question:  How easy is it to find another employee in your organization with a specific expertise?  Let me ask the question again another way:...

Social Learning, Collaboration, and Team Identity

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  Harold Jarche recently offered a framework for social learning in the enterprise to outline how the concept of social learning relates to the large-scale changes facing organizations...

Learning to Learn in the modern Enterprise

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  The last few days in Hong Kong have been incredible -- I saw some great sights, participated in some interesting activities and backed all of...

The Lean IT applied to the e-learning

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  The Social Learning is based on the sharing of knowledge between each individual people. Everyone can bring something into the knowledge pool of its colleagues. The fixed...

Gossip, Collaboration, and Performance in Distributed Teams

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  What do you think the typical manager might say if you told them their employees don't gossip and engage one another enough in social interaction...

What constitutes a Social Learning Culture?

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  I've often thought of social learning as a very culture dependent phenomenon. A few weeks back I read an interesting article by Thierry de Baillon, his...

At the Corner of Assertiveness & Cooperation: Collaboration

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  What do we meet at the corner of Assertiveness and Cooperation? The Thomas-Kilmann assessment suggests that it's Collaboration. Their assessment, which is the basis for many others, explores different...

From Competition to Cocreation - and Back Sometimes

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  How do you approach working with others? What is your resonant mode? Here's my two cents: Competition - "I win if you lose." Cooperation - "I will agree...

Why Best Practices Don't Work for Knowledge Work

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  I don’t recall having put together a blog post over here on the specific topic of capturing "Best Practices"; so after reading last Friday’s blog...

The Collaborative Curve

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  Now that I’m on a mission to merge the terms Social Business and Enterprise 2.0 and rephrase asCollaboration, I thought it would be a good...

Formalizing the Informal: Been there, done that

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  @Ecollab asks, “Can we formalize informal learning ?” My answer, “We've been there, done that.” Except for perhaps compliance learning programs, formal learning processes are...

Learning to formalize informal learning

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    When we don't already know how to formalize informal learning, there's a lot to learn. We can welcome the challenge if the process of learning...

From Social Media to Social Business: The social learning as missing link

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  I am often puzzled by the way organizations and agencies tackle social media, as if conversational marketing and Enterprise 2.0 were living in separate worlds,...

The Real Secret to Social Learning Success

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      For years training and development departments have struggled to compile the data they need to show value to their organizations. However, we will find ourselves...