Panel: Knowledge, Networks & Advanced Technologies
This is a wiki page for panel #3 (Panel: Knowledge, Networks & Advanced Technologies) of the March 18 event.
Despite its preoccupation with hierarchy, classical organizaiton theory grew up in opposition to the Weberian idea of a perfectly functioning bureaucracy. In addition to assuming lifelike agents with bounded rationality and a propensity for opportunism, the theory assumed from the start that few if any environments are stable enough to allow for perfect parsing of complex tasks; that the limits on parsability require improvisation; and that in understanding how humans act in organizations - administrative behavior - requires attention to this endemic improvising. Ironically the networked and federated organization structure outperforms hiearchy in volatile environments but only through the mechanism of standards for improvisation. As complexity, volatility, and uncertainty increase globally, networked and federated organizations proliferate, and the search expands for advanced technologies to cope with the agility imperative.
- Brent Comstock (Director of Identity Management, COX Communications, Inc.)
- Dave Culbertson (VP Security Center of Exellence, CA Technologies)
- Norm Geddes (CEO, Applied Systems Intelligence, Inc.)
- Jimmie McEver - moderator (Senior Scientist, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory)
- Jeremy Schwartz (Gartner)