Org Charts & White Space

Chas. A. Barclay (
Sat, 12 Nov 1994 09:27:59 -1000

I read that Managing the White Space article in 1993--it was bs!
There was no data, mere conjecture from a wobbly thinking consultant
looking for a promotional opportunity. You manage people and plan
for contingencies, you don't manage a model!

An org chart is an affinity diagram. As such, ALL IT REPRESENTS is a
model of the relationships and hierarchy (a specific type of
relationship) in the firm.

Come to think of it why do we need the model/metaphor of representing
the organization as a human being capable of cognitive thought?
Don't organizations already, and have for years, made changes in their
structure and training when competition and survival made it

Charles Barclay 2404 Maile Way
Dept. of Mgmt & Ind Relations Honolulu, HI 96822
University of Hawaii Fax: 808 956-2774 Phone: 808 956-8545

Living through a bloodless revolution is great fun!

BTW, "It's the policies & philosophy, lamebrain!"