20 November 2009

Is ‘open’ the new organizational principle?

About Hugo Messer

Hugo Messer is a Dutch entrepreneur, distributed agile team specialist, and author. He is the founder and owner of Bridge Global, a software services provider, and ekipa.co., an agile coaching agency. He has been building and managing teams around the world for the past several years. His passion is to enable people that are spread across cultures, geography and time zones to cooperate. Whether it’s offshoring or nearshoring, he knows what it takes to make global cooperation work.

4 thoughts on “Is ‘open’ the new organizational principle?
  1. Hugo

    I enjoyed reading your blog. I suppose it depends on the business model of the corporation. For example, Welsh Water here in the UK has a very small head office staff with so much of the traditional corporate functions being outsourced. I also met a Texan [onboard a flight from London to Dubai a few months ago] who has 2 offices, one in Houston and another in Shanghai. In Houston, he has I think only 3 people, and in Shanghai, one country manager…..they manufature pet-related products there. On that trip, I also met the CEO of another company, a global one, with very lean head office functions and people.

  2. You bring up interesting observations of open source, its impact and its potential. However, there are a couple of areas where open source will need to develop.

    Stability will definitely be required in an overall way. People in an open source system will need to know that they will be okay in the end, have what they need or at least know where they stand with the ability to get what they need. This will include taking care of the necessities that people aren’t necessarily as happy to handle. As long as the open source movement can incorporate this kind of stability, it is bound to grow.

    Community integrated incentive is another aspect that will need to be developed. People will have to see the inherent benefit in investing their time and energy in something over which they have little control – a group. It is assumed that corporations compensate for this by providing individual benefits. However, the more I work, the more I feel as though self-esteem and personal achievement are just as motivating. As such, being a member of a community that helps create an incentive to achieve will be important, as well as managing differences of opinion with communities.

    Great topic. I certainly hope open source remains a vital force if not a fully transformative one.

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