Information access and flow LO11469
Tue, 17 Dec 1996 00:03:55 -0500

Replying to LO11448 --

Rol says,

> So hierarchy can add value.

Hierarchy is a natural part of life, including living organisms. In the
computer world we use hierarchies for organizing file systems (i.e.
directory trees), network addressing (i.e. DNS, which is Domain Name
Server), and so forth.

There is nothing inherently wrong with hierarchies, especially if they are
replicated down an organization, with each "sub-organization" being given
liberal control over their own destiny.

A hierarchy does become "belligerent" when it impedes the distribution of
information or creates unnecessary bottlenecks. This is, all too often,
the destiny for many hierarchies.


Benjamin B. Compton

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