Small is beautifulbut how small is small, and what practical steps can we take to achieve its beauty? By the 21st century we may have found the answer: the creative compartment, a group of a few hundred people who work together in a totally open way. The intense communication within a compartment generates enormous adaptability and a creative problem-solving capability seldom found in today's organizations. In Creative Compartments, Gerard Fairtlough draws on his wide experience and on a profound analysis of the operation and interaction of small organizations. He sets out a clear agenda for organizational design, and his novel proposals will benefit anyone in any organizationlarge or small, business or nonprofitthat strives for continuing success into the 21st century.
About the Author
GERARD FAIRTLOUGH held executive-level positions with Royal Dutch Shell prior to founding an innovative biotechnology company, Celltech, where he was CEO for 10 years. He is now a writer and adviser to various organizations, large and small. He is also a member of the Global Business Network, an organization based in Emeryville, California, which brings people and companies together to learn and plan for the future in a continuous conversation on the 21st century.
Table of Contents
Openness and Trust, Empowerment and Commitment
The Blankets of Hierarchy
The Size of the Clan
Compartments and Communication
The Creative Compartment
Power and Conflict
Markets and Hierarchies, Clans and Fiefs
Islands and Bridges
The Practice of Critique
Redesigning Large Organizations
Families of Compartments
Bibliography and Further Reading