Friday, May 16, 2003

The Web site dcmilitary.com notes that knowledge sharing is power. Not a particularly radical statement in and of itself, but placed in the context of the military establishment, long the center of hierarchical command and control structure, it's pretty revealing. Operation Iraqi Freedom was the first large-scale implementation of the U.S. Military's knowledge-centric battlefield management systems, which provided stronger coordination of tactics and strategy than ever before, in large part because units in the field knew of their peers' movements and the central command staff could get a very accurate "dashboard" picture of events unfolding. In the wake of World War II, many corporations adapted the management techniques that their managers learned as officers in the military, giving rise to very hierarchical organizations. In the 21st century, corporate warfare based on establishing cooperative, content-centric cultures seems to be leading the way for the military.
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