Context : OnOrganization

I like J.D. Thompson's quote about synthetic organizations that spontaneously form to handle emergencies.

Initial efforts at disaster recovery occur whenever resources and an obvious need or use for them occur simultaneously. At this point there is not a highly organized effort; instead there is a series of efforts, each isolated from the others. In a relatively short time, usually, two things happen to change this situation and bring about a synthetic organization :

  • Uncommitted resources arrive, with those who possess them seeking places to use them, and
  • Information regarding need for additional resources begins to circulate.

When knowledge of need and resources coincide at a point in space, the headquarters of a synthetic organization have been established.

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