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April 27, 2007

Forbes' org-chart wiki: What it doesn't tell

Stephen Baker

I was eager to click away on Forbes' org-chart wiki (ex Buzzmachine). It turns out not to be exactly what I was hoping for. (More about that below) But I think it's a very useful initiative, and I'm sure it will be good to have on record. Who reports to whom in all the big companies, hopefully with daily or hourly updates.

Why was I disappointed? I'm more interested in the informal structures of companies. OK, sew-and-sew is supposed to report to this person, but she actually has most of her interaction with that one. And in fact, there's a whole cluster of people who appear to be under the influence of... Is that an outside contractor?

Those are the sorts of relationships I'm looking for. The org charts in the Forbes Wiki outline the sidewalks and flagstones of corporate world as they're designed from on high. But how about the short cuts people take, those pathways where the grass has been worn away? Those show where people are really walking. They point to real power inside a company. How do we get that information up on a wiki?

10:21 AM

Inside Companies, Wikis

"They point to real power inside a company." Don't expect an organization to publish a map of the real power.

"How do we get that information up on a wiki?" Cross-checking instant messenger usage with email usage, blog comments, wiki-postings, etc... Basically monitoring the communication channels inside a company (obviously if you can do so).

Once this information is retrieved you can publish it anywhere you consider worthwhile (probably not to the general public though).

However, I wonder if this approach would trigger a back-lash (it would make it obvious that Big Brother is watching, and doing a good job of it).

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