Science evolves over the years from Newtonian to the theory of relativity to chaos and complexity. Each one of those theory can be proved, and each one of those theory has a contribution to science and our life. Although they are negating one each other all of them are part of the whole we call science and each one of the theory is a better fit for different needs and conditions. The world is not black and white, as we all know it.
The same applies for management we started with Taylorism and hierarchical systems, we adopted theory X & Theory Y, and we embrace part of the Toyota production system. All the above are deterministic systems (same as Newtonian and relativity), but our business world is more and more unplanned and uncontrolled which required a non-deterministic approach.
The same as deterministic science theory is the root of scientific management, the new non-deterministic management system (we call #NoHierarchy) should be based on the theory of chaos and complex systems. We should analyze organizations based on system thinking instead of the current deterministic approach most of us taking.
Adopting a non-deterministic approach doesn’t mean that we should drop the management system we are using. Each one of the above management systems has a place and a need. We need to use the appropriate method for the right requisites.
Observing today’s business needs and looking at the future it is evident that most of the current and future businesses needs are to deal with unknown, uncertainty, unplanned event and ever-increasing complexity. Current and future business need required more non-deterministic approaches than our current management approaches. If I would need to depict what is the need of each management system relatively one to each other it will look like this diagram:
Be prepared for the need to adopt non-deterministic (#NoHierarchy) management systems. Adopting a new management system is a two to four years of tedious journey. If you don’t start this journey now, it might be too late for you.