Re: Hierarchy LO239

Eric Bohlman (
Fri, 24 Feb 1995 22:59:21 -0800 (PST)

Bill Weber wrote in LO229:
> Michael McMaster raises the issue of need for hierarchy in any(?)
> organizations in LO205. I wonder if we in modern, western organizations
> have confused hierarchy with what I see as paternal authority carrying
> itself out to the extreme end of the spectrum. My experience in several

Part of the reason that organizations, such as corporations, became
hierarchical is due to an accident of history. Namely, at the time these
organizations began to form, the only comparably-sized organizations were
European armies and the Roman Catholic Church, and the developing
organizations used these as role models, even though the structures of the
military and the RCC were adaptations to highly specific roles that didn't
really correspond all that well with the roles of the new organizations.

Eric Bohlman (