Fast and easy to read. Some nice and interesting points of view on management of organizations
It is a well written book and it is very easy to read.
Concept of the book is very simple: centralized administration vs decentralized administration. The author uses vivid examples to demonstrate the benefits (flexibility) of the latter. For example, the author uses the success story of eBay (users to rate) and Wiki (experts are out there) to clearly deliver his idea. And most importantly, there is a good balance and I don't see the book is one-sided. One important point note is the sweet spot - how to balance extent of decentralisation and centralisation. This sweet spot is sure to drift from time to time. Music industry is a good example - from individual musicians in the past to big labels in the last century and then the era of P2P....Continua
This is an interesting about organization behavior. The author discuss two type of organizations, Starfish organization (decentralized organization) and Spider organization (centralized organization), and the hybrid between the two. The book is full of up-to-date examples and timely message. It is an enjoyable read....Continua
This book is well written and easy to read. Good cases and examples are used to illustrate the difference of Spider (Centralized) and Starfish (Leaderless) organizations. The power of Starfish is showcased by success of Apache the Indians, al Quada and Wikipedia. The author moved forward to discuss the hybrid organization like eBay and Amazon which made a practical balance between Spider and Starfish.
This is not just a book describing the phenomena but analyze in depth. I appreciate the author's effort to use simple English to illustrate his ideas.
I read another book "Brave New War" on how terrorist decentralize themselves. That book has description on the phenomena but "The Starfish and The Spider provides a more solid theoretical foundation to inspire me to the analysis of terrorists and attackers....Continua
Best book i read in a while. Such a smooth read i finished in about 6 hours. Thought provoking book on structures in organizations and how they can be an edge or burden..