My principle of network management is an update of the principle of scientific management put forth by F.W. Taylor in 1911.
“It is only through enforced standardization of methods, enforced adoption of the best implements and working conditions, and enforced cooperation that this faster work can be assured. And the duty of enforcing the adoption of standards and enforcing this cooperation rests with management alone.” —F.W.Taylor
Based on this format, I have proposed the following principle for work in a post-industrial network society.
It is only through innovative and contextual methods, the self-selection of the most appropriate tools and work conditions and willing cooperation that more productive work can be assured. The duty of being transparent in our work and sharing our knowledge rests with all workers, especially management.
This general principle has many implications and Esko Kilpi recently published ten human protocols of creating value in the post-industrial world.
- informed free choice
- active participation
- meaningfulness & self-direction
- sharing the cognitive load
- personal responsibility
- complex activities
- network is the architecture
- scaling up learning
- workers share earnings
- work is interdependent interaction
These ten protocols show specific ways that we can create an organization based on the principle of network management.
- Willing Cooperation: through interdependent workers as shared investors, making informed choices within a network architecture.
- Self-selected Tools: chosen by self-directed workers who actively participate in the workings of the entire organization.
- Knowledge sharing: that helps to share the cognitive load and scale learning throughout the organization.
- Transparent work: done through the creative interaction of workers sharing responsibility for the work.