From Financial Capitalism to Human Capitalism

Paul Bessems, 05-10-2010

A couple of years ago I started a research project to find out whether our politic economic system – I call it financial capitalism –  is capable of solving the major problems we have to deal with in the twenty first century. These problems are at the surface now but if not solved, will destroy our society within a few generations. We have to choose now whether our society will fail or survive. Postponing the solution is the worst solution of all, and that’s what governments, companies and banks do. The reason: they cannot solve the problem because the try to solve the problem within the system……

But the system is the problem!!

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Hybrid organizing: towards a new paradigm

Paul Bessems, January 2014

We live in a time where physical production (and consumption), more and more is replaced by digital pro­duction and consumption, especially by the Internet. We live in a time where information and knowledge are the most important production factors. But most of the organization forms we organize our work with were designed in the early twentieth century. They are especially suitable for physical production in large numbers and in a relatively ‘quiet’ and local market. Traditionally we organize our work within companies (make), or we organize it by markets (buy). Institutes are scalable, but no so flexible, and markets are flexible, but often not so scalable. In the context of the twenty-first century we need hybrid organization forms that are scalable and flexible at the same time. Hybrid organizing is a cross, between make and buy, between do it yourself and contracting out, between the institute and the market. Hybrid organizing has a new unit of analyzing and design. If you organize your work via the institute, the unity of thinking is the institute. The institute borders are literally the border of your thinking. With the market, the market transaction is the unity of thinking. The unity of thinking in hybrid organizing is organizing capability. Organizing capability is the meaningful connection between the two smallest organization building blocks: men and means (human and tools). You and your laptop, you have and therefore you are organizing capability. From this smallest building stone, we can build any organization by connecting and disorganize by disconnecting. The question is: why are we going to hybridize work organizations? What is hybrid organizing and where does it work and where not? What are the fundamentals of hybrid organizing, how do hybrid organizations look like? How do hybrid organizations work and why is working smart together so important within the hybrid research field? This whitepaper will answer these questions.

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