Managing Relationships

Business organizations are, by definition, groups of people, but the formal use of teams as a way of organizing work has grown tremendously in the past half-century.   The Japanese use of teams was credited for that country’s economic success in the 1970’s.  Since then, businesses worldwide have been moving away from hierarchical management structures based on the Prussian army of the 1700’s.  Instead, a “systems” perspective tries to emulate the structure of a complex living organism to distribute knowledge and responsibility throughout a corporate entity.  

via Managing Relationships.