EcoAutonomous Organizations – wiki

Discuss EcoAutonomous organization book :
Decentralized, Distributed and Autonomous Organizations; An Operational Viewpoint of Complex Adaptive Systems

The EcoAutonomous organization base principles are:

  • full autonomy (self-manage & organize) to people and each group.
  • Radical continuous evolvement
  • Conflict resolution based on merit

The “function-based” approach used in eco-autonomous organizations arranges people based on the functions that need to be performed and not on a single area of expertise, enabling multiple skills and capabilities to be represented. This approach contradicts the common organizational concept found in hierarchical management structures: the grouping of a single expertise into one specialized silo (department).

The figure below, depicts the difference between an Expertise (Silo)-Based Approach and a Function (Value)-Based Approach. The hierarchical, Expertise (Silo)-Based Approach requires groupings of expertise (e.g., departments) within a company to define their own unique purposes in addition to the overall organization’s purpose. To achieve both goals, each department must also create its own unique strategy, enhancements, projects, and maintenance, etc.

In contrast, eco-autonomous organizations propose creating entities containing functions that include multiple capabilities and skillsets spanning a variety of expertise. Each function (strategy, enhancements, projects, and maintenance, for example) includes all of the skills and expertise that function needs to achieve its purpose.


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