Digitalization: The Pharmakon of Open Organizations

The first industrial revolution saw the birth of the idea of an enterprise—the same entity we are familiar with today[1]. The creative crucible of the third industrial revolution is in the process of giving rise to a new form of business. I’m talking about “open organizations.”  In this article, I will introduce three characteristics of these open organizations. Last week, while I was in Oslo visiting a client, the receptionist at the hotel asked me if I wished to become a member of their “Club Carlson.” I automatically replied, “No, thank you.” “But, sir, it’s free,” he said, “and on top of that I’ll upgrade your room for free.” I’ll admit, I was seduced, and I agreed to join Club

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