1. The exclusion of consciousness in the design of formal systems.
2. The organization of passive jobholders following official procedures.
3. The white space between passive jobholders as implicitly ignored.
4. The unconscious administration of a rigidly structured organization.
5. The external control of passive jobholders.
6. The enforced segregation of passive jobholders.
7. The eventual self-destruction of a rigidly structured organization.
The Newtonian Organization is what a classical organization or corporation looks like. Its processes are tight and it operates like a well oiled machine. The downside is that employees of such an organization are dim (unconscious) and basically a slave to processes.
When reviewing the structure of a Newtonian Organization, the following should be noted:
1. Each shaded box designates a formal department or the official office of the jobholder. These formal departments have specific well-defined charters outlining the scope of their tasks and objectives. The jobholders associated with each shaded box are assigned official, exact, detailed job descriptions and standard operating procedures.
2. The solid lines between the boxes depict the chain of command or lines of authority.
3. The empty space between departments and between jobs is the white space on the organization’s chart – whatever task or problem does not belong within any department’s responsibility and, therefore, “falls between the cracks.”
The Newtonian Organization is business as usual. The outputs are tightly controlled, however the organization is unconscious. Innovation is difficult within such an organization, it will likely not adapt well to fast paced change and global cooperation and competition, and the departments are segmented within the classic rivalries between functions – for example sales and marketing.
Building a Newtonian Organization should be fairly straightforward as it has been done many times before. However, this type of organization has many drawbacks and will not offer unique competitive advantage. The Quantum Organization is a far more interesting and novel way of building a company.
1. J.R. Sedivy. Habit Vs. Awareness.
2. Ralph Kilmann. Quantum Organizations: