From the Command Economy to the eNetworked Industrial Ecosystem

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* Article: IT – Revolutions in the Industry: From the Command Economy to the eNetworked Industrial Ecosystem - Position Paper - By Mihaela Ulieru and John Verdon.

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Abstract

"This paper explores the transition from the command & control (C2) structure and culture of the traditional hierarchy – as backbone of last Century’s Industrial Revolution - towards the eNetworked Industrial Ecosystem – as backbone for this Century’s on-going IT-Revolution. Socio-cultural and economic contextual variables that may help or hinder the implementation of a heterarchical organization driven by responsible autonomy, are analyzed underlining the paradox hidden in the ‘emergent’ nature of an eNetworked organization. We illustrate how, within the classical ‘top-down’ managerial approach, the very power of initiative that can leverage ‘bottom-up’ clustering of resources to address dynamic organizational goals is hindered to conclude that a deep culture of trust and collaboration can unleash this power enabling the untapped ‘mystery’ of complexity to be used as a competitive advantage."


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