“[Dancing Landscapes in Business” post mentioned Warfighting and that it was a trendy business book a decade ago.
My comment is that business is significantly more centralized than war. So, very few organizations implemented this. They prefer the control.
Which makes the decentralised ones, dealing with high uncertainty environments, particularly interesting.
- Chapter 13 of Kochland documents how Charles Koch rearchitected Koch Industries to be decentralised in the face of ridiculously volatile oil prices.
- Working Backwards documents the series of experiments that led to Amazon’s decentralisation.
- Mark Leonard’s letters over at Constellation Software are worth reading, especially the bits about org design
- All of the comments about Transdigm’s decentralisation in https://www.50xpodcast.com/ are worth taking seriously.
(Though it’s worth saying that the decentralisation in the latter two examples are for a different goal; only the first two are in response to high uncertainty).