Porous Organisations

The time when company executives were in control of what was said about a company has been fading for some time. Growth in the numbers of publications has meant that there is already a wide media with ever more specific interest in the company. The advent of the Internet now means that any and every aspect of the company is open to comment by anyone. What is said can come from employees, suppliers, investors, activists, in fact any stakeholder. In addition, comment about your company can be made by people who have no knowledge about the company what so ever.

This porosity, the means by which information can flow in and out of a company from and through anyone, is one of the most significant aspects of the Internet for company directors.

It means that there is a need for a completely new way of thinking about mission, strategy, internal motivation and communication. There will always be disaffected stakeholders. The key to management of this phenomena is in ensuring that there is close understanding of corporate objectives throughout the organisation. In this way, even the most unpalatable events can be managed without the disaffected being able to create a constituency that will harm the corporate whole.

In addition, the Internet adds the dimension that the company will need to protect its stakeholders from the effects of the disaffected.

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Article Series

This article is part 7 of a 12 part series. Other articles in this series are shown below:
  1. Interactivity
  2. Brand Performance
  3. Online PR
  4. Sponsorship Marketing
  5. Brand Attacks
  6. Cyber Counterfit Sales
  7. Internal Communications
  8. Cyberstalkers
  9. Protection from Cyberstalkers
  10. Investor Relations
  11. Share Scams
  12. Protecting Investors
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