Beyond "thinking outside the box," is it time to throw away the boxes?
Business executives divide the world into boxes - geographic boxes, institutional boxes, industry boxes, organizational boxes, boxes for each player in the supply chain, and the list goes on. Why? Because boxes provide a basis for simplifying and structuring our world. They help us break down complex problems into manageable tasks, and they help us define the knowledge and skills required to succeed within each box. Yet in aiming to maintain simplicity through viewing the world in distinct boxes, business leaders are in fact creating a paradox, one that threatens the future of the organizations themselves as the world around them changes. What happens when these boxes no longer reflect reality because the world we operate in no longer fits nicely into them? How would business need to change if what happened between the boxes became just as important, or perhaps more important, than what happened inside them? As managers, how could we cope?
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