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Technical Infrastructure of Network Organizations

Technical Infrastructure of Network Organizations
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Copyright: 2019
Pages: 31
Source title: Knowledge Management and Innovation in Network Organizations: Emerging Research and Opportunities
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Jerzy Kisielnicki (Warsaw University, Poland) and Olga Sobolewska (Warsaw University of Technology, Poland)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-5930-6.ch003


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IT management infrastructure is developing hand in hand with modern information communication technologies (ICT). As with every revolution in the history of mankind, what we call the digital revolution is reflected in virtually every aspect of human life. The digital revolution has covered management to a large extent. This influence is evident both in the take-over of certain areas of organization management by IT systems (e.g., production automation) and through changes in organizations themselves and their organizational structures. Classical organizations, structured in a hierarchical fashion, follow a unique path of evolution. It began in the mid-twentieth century. What could be observed in the 1960s was the transformation of classical linear organizational relationships into matrix structures intended to streamline management and facilitate project management. The matrix structure was a breach of the classical Fayolian principle of unity of command, yet it was more flexible and conducive to cooperation compared to a traditional linear organization, thus marking the first step towards crossing borders. Nowadays, in a world where crossing organizational boundaries is becoming a management paradigm, we can more and more often see organizations of a typically network nature.

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