Unmanaging Relationships and Innovation

  • Charles Ehin


Information and expertise become outdated faster than fashion trends these days in our current knowledge-intensive environment. Consequently, today people are valued more and more for their abilities not only to learn, but also to quickly unlearn and relearn. A shared-access context helps individuals and teams to do that far better than any configuration of a controlled-access system. I’m convinced that shared-access systems are the most productive organizational environments for riding the waves of rapid and erratic change so common in our twenty-first century.

At the end of Chap. 4 we explored the differences between two diametrically opposed macro organizational ecologies – the controlled-access and shared-access systems. In this chapter, we’ll explore a general framework for developing and maintaining shared-access contexts as a means to more fully engage the people who work in them.


Tacit Knowledge Virtual Network Complex Adaptive System Individual Autonomy Small Group Size 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles Ehin
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  1. 1.Westminster CollegeSalt Lake CityUSA

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