Alternative Org Charts LO5738
Tue, 20 Feb 1996 00:38:26 -0800

Replying to LO5708 --

Diane K. wrote...

> Both of these posts (and probably some others not mentioned here)
> discussed alternative concepts to Organizational Charts (and ultimately
> how an organization functions). This may be an interesting thread in
> itself.

Sounds good... I have done a lot of work in this area with firms like IBM,
TRW, and others since 1991. I have many interesting experinece to share.

> I don't know if it could ever classify as an org-chart, but in the book
> Transforming the Way We Work there was an interesting diagram. I can't
> recall the author and don't have the book right now. I believe it was
> written in 1995. It was a short book on building a collaborative work
> environment. There were several diagrams in the book, one of which
> impressed me the most.
> It had a large ring in the center, with smaller rings each intersecting
> the larger ring. All of the rings represented various teams of people. If
> I remember correctly, the intersecting portions of each ring was
> representative of someone who serves as a link between the two.

This sounds like a picture from NetMap, a network visualization program
initially developed by John Galloway at Michigan State University.
Charles Savage's book "Fifth Generation Management" also has NetMap
diagrams in it.

I have also developed a similar SW tool[InFlow], which maps and measures
emergent structures[networks, knowledge clusters, communities of practice,
etc.] in and between organizations.

For those interested in alternate org charts, I can send you an example of a
NetMap diagram and an InFlow diagram.

Send me email at: , stating the type of computer and
graphics software you use, and I'll reply with attached files from each

Host's Note: Here is one of Valdis' netmaps --

Visualize a nice graphic here

Valdis Krebs
Krebs & Associates
Los Angeles, CA


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