Boundaryless Organization LO22908

Roy Benford (
Tue, 19 Oct 1999 11:27:42 +0100

Replying to LO22902 --

Winfried Dressler commented:

>May I ask you to expand a little bit on "Ashkenas thinking"? What is that
>boundaryless organization about? Surely boundaryless does not mean without
>boundaries, like permeability of a membrane is not no membrane.

My view of boundaries is based upon information flows, ie when information
does not freely flow between two people, it is evidence of the presence of
a boundary between them. On this basis, a boundaryless organization would
NOT have any non-disclosure agreements because such agreements define what
I view as boundaries. Also, it would NOT be a public corporation listed
on a Stock Exchange because the rules of listing again define what I view
as boundaries, to prevent insider trading for example.

So, I would be interested in a definition of boundary in the context of a
boundaryless organization.

Roy Benford
Fulmer, UK


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