I've noticed that many of the on-line conversations on organizational complexity tend to gravitate towards a discussion on the need for more empowered ways of working. At first sight, the two themes of empowerment and complexity seem to fit naturally together. After all, the former implies fewer formal controls, a shift towards more localized decision-making, and more direct cross-functional interactions.
However, it strikes me that this is not a helpful way of looking at the dynamics of complexity in an organizational context. Nor does it do justice to what I would see as the social desirability - as well as commercial necessity - of tapping into the vast wealth of talent that often lies dormant in organizations.
So what is the problem with coupling these two concepts together?