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Week 19, 2021 — Issue #151

Organizational Relics: Top-Down Hierarchies, Annual Budgets, and Full-Time Employment

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1. Top-Down Hierarchies

The world is a very different place. And yet the way we structure our organizations has remained more or less the same in the last 100 years. Aaron Dignan brings this point across in Brave New Work when he asks readers to date an organizational chart from the 1920s. It’s maddeningly difficult.

2. Annual Budgets

The world is a very different place. And yet the way we plan and allocate resources has remained more or less unchanged in the past 100 years. James McKinsey published the book on “modern” budgeting practices in… 1922! And as with everything else, that book was a product of its time.

3. Full-Time Employment

The world is a very different place. And yet the way we think about work and employment has remained more or less the same. Full-time employment is still the norm — gig economy notwithstanding. And until very, very, recently work was, for the most part, both co-located and synchronous.

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Andreas Holmer

Designer, reader, writer. Sensemaker. Management thinker. CEO at MAQE — a digital consulting firm in Bangkok, Thailand.