Last week I wrote about the forces that, in my opinion, are contributing to an increasingly polarized America. I mentioned three such key forces: the structural changes and employment challenges our economy is going through; the changing demographics and emergence of a kind of new establishment in US society; and the technology-amplified, free-for-all conversations taking place through our multitude of information and communication channels.
How should government evolve to better adapt to these forces? Are there innovative government models that might work better than our present ones? Can we look at the evolution of organizational models in business over the past twenty years for inspiration and guidance?
Companies, especially large, global companies have been going through dramatic changes in the last couple of decades, driven by a combination of advances in information technologies, the Internet, the fast-changing market environment, and the heightened competitive pressures brought about by globalization. In particular, companies have had to move away from the hierarchic, centralized management models that prevailed in much of the last century and embrace a more distributed organizational style.