The Modern Workplace and Decentralised Networks

Food for Thought

In our modern society, it is clear that our lives have become analogous to work (Deuze 2006). Bauman (2005) reinforces these parallels and argues that “work is the normal state of all humans; not working is abnormal”. Similarly, many of our work lives have become dependent on the Internet and online social networks. Our work has become so deeply engrained in our psyche and culture that the way we think and feel about our jobs has transformed simultaneously with the development of technology. The arrival of new technology and the presence of online networks have systematically challenged the traditional top-down organisational structures originally present in many large corporations.

There are many clear benefits associated with decentralised organisations that rely on technology and social media to connect with their employees and customers. Through this fatter structure, a workforce is able to generate a sense of a shared network, over large distances. Similarly…

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