Informal and formal in an organization LO28558

From: Don Dwiggins (
Date: 05/20/02

Benjamin Compton writes in LO28538:
> The second most important thing I learned was that the informal
> organization has a whole lot more power than most people in the formal
> organization ever imagined.

> I could say quite a bit about informal organizations, but that'll have to
> wait. I've got to get back to work ;-)

As a teaser for that "quite a bit": is the "informal organization" in an
organization akin to the tacit knowing in an individual? If so, Polanyi's
dictum would imply that there's more in the informal organization than can
ever be formalized. I think that understanding this (even tacitly 8^)
would be tremendously important for the top management of the

Best regards,


Don Dwiggins "How can we remember our ignorance, which our growth requires, when we are using our knowledge all the time?" -- Henry David Thoreau

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