Clay Shirky gave a TED talk back in 2005 that reminded me of some of the themes from my Eliminating Barriers: No More Us vs. Them presentation at the AgileDotNet Dallas conference--organizations that are structured for efficiency rather than effectiveness. In my presentation, I noted that the hierarchy of an organization could become so rigid that the organization can no longer adapt to a changing market. The video of Clay's talk is below:
Organizations are the result of institution-creation, but can they change to allow collaboration? I think so. Every day I see organizations try to break down the barriers within to allow increased information sharing between employees across departments and teams. A popular way to encourage collaboration beyond the organization's walls is through hackathons or exploration days.