Information access and flow LO11541

William Welsh (
Mon, 23 Dec 1996 06:32:59 -0500

Replying to LO11531 --

Rol. In LO11531 you wrote

>Michael's comments on hierarchy feel right to me. Rather than eliminate
>hierarchy, create many little hierarchies that sometimes compete,
>sometimes collaborate, sometimes evaporate to be replaced by newer, more
>relevant ones. This effectively creates an environment in which everyone
>participates in the hierarchy, and not just the chosen few.

In my experience, many little hierachies leads to many little stovepipes,
a lot of inefficency, and rare instances of cooperation. More
importantly, have you ever seen a hierarchy go quietly into the night, to
be replaced by a newer, more relevant one? Everyone's participation is
certainly the objective. I'm not convinced that hierarchical structures
engender the necessary environment to encourage such participation.

Warmest Regards and Best Wishes for a safe holiday season,


William O. Welsh III
Chief Learning Officer
Cubic Applications, Inc
Fort Monroe, VA
"The change will come, whether we choose it or not. The journey


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