NetworksVsHierarchies (ThoughtStorms)

A major theme of this wiki is the conflict between networks and hierarchies.

There are many pages :

And various discussions comparing the two

There can be intermediate positions

The political / economic dimension

Beware of oversimplification

In MoneyInAnUnequalWorld, anthropologist KeithHart identifies economic life as a combination of three forces : Markets, Tribal authority (hierarchy) and social networks.

I think there are at least four TypesOfPower which are used to hold together organizations and practices.


There's some related ideas at

http://CommunityWiki.org/HierarchyConsideredHarmful

-- DavidCary

: thanks David. And welcome to ThoughtStorms. Feel free to introduce yourself on a homepage here, wander around, find things to disagree with and ArgueAgainstMe :-) -- PhilJones


ValdisKrebs :http://www.orgnet.com/orgchart.html


CategoryHierarchy, CategoryNetworks, CategoryPolitics