On his blog The Mutualist, Kevin Carson has a great summary of a previous discussion on my blog about the need for hierarchies in organizations. His running commentary on the discussion is priceless – go read it!
The discussion Kevin summarizes can be found in these two posts:
He ends his summary with a deeper question: Why do organizations have to grow so big that they need hierarchies to begin with. Damn good question, Kevin. I give a few observations in a comment on his post.
Is this a distributed conversation or what? :o)