Gary Hamel on Future of Management talks about the hierarchical management structures are obsolete in the current world and were more relevant to manufacturing industry where goods were produced on mass scale and standardization and repetitiveness of jobs was a key driver. People today consider workplaces as formal space and home,family and friends as personal space. People enjoy their personal space more than their formal space.
The organization hierarchies are not a natural hierarchy and in today’s world if you ask a child what would you like to become in future , the answer is more likely to be a value creator of some kind such as an actor, painter, doctor, engineer etc and very less likely to be a manager as an aspiration.
In opinion polls, trust in management rated very low and very few people would like to spend their leisure time with their bosses.
Hierarchical or centrally controlled organizations do not have natural sustainability but natural organizations may be self-sustaining.
Organizations of the future will be cellular structures with radical decentralization, natural value centric hierarchies, communities of common interest groups providing self-determination for every individual. Such organization will be self-sustaining for growth.
The values that the organizations stand for would move towards more noble sense of purpose ; from – quality, leadership, growth, differentiation etc to Joy , Truth , Honor, Freedom, Justice and Love which are integral to human nature