One of the biggest challenges facing business is how to merge a quest for growth with the need to stay agile in the competitive landscape of the 21st century. As organizations get bigger, they often need to create systems and process to manage their operational flow and keep all the stakeholders united towards a common goal.
However, these organizations also run the risk of becoming set in their ways when their systems and processes become bureaucratic and averse to change. On the other hand, businesses can’t afford to stay small indefinitely. This article provides insight into how businesses can leverage blockchain technology to attain operational balance without sacrificing growth for stability. The curse/blessing of growth
If you are familiar with the concept of “Dunbar’s number
” you probably already know that there’s a theoretical limit to the number of people with whom any individual can build meaningful relationships. In his original work, Robin Dunbar noted, “there is no question that the dynamics of organizations change once they exceed about 150 or so”
– beyond which relationships tend to degenerate into chaos.
Kelvin Delaney, co-founder at Quartz, has experienced first-hard the difficulties
of keeping the core culture of an organization alive in the face of rapid growth. In his words, “The dynamics of companies change fundamentally when they exceed roughly 150 people, in ways that startup founders can struggle to address... here at Quartz, (when) our employee count rose above 150. With that growth, the organization has changed in ways that we didn’t anticipate.”
Chris Cox, chief product officer at Facebook and chief of staff to Mark Zuckerberg on product development has also seen the dynamics of growth VS operational structure play out over the years. In his words, “I’ve talked to so many startup CEOs that after they pass this number (150), weird stuff starts to happen… The weird stuff means the company needs more structure for communications and decision-making.”
As businesses and organizations continue to grow, it is important to build an organization structure that drives conversations such as “who do you work with?” instead of “who do you work for?” As the blockchain revolution continues to take centerstage in the socio-economic spheres, it is becoming increasingly important form companies that want to merge growth with agility to hone in on reawakening the minds of their leadership into the need to reward innovation, unending learning, experimentation and a design thinking process that puts the customer smack dab in the middle of the plans.Leveraging blockchain to balance growth and agility
Blockchain-based businesses are fundamentally growth-oriented businesses. The decentralized nature of blockchain makes it practically impossible to limit the number of people that could become stakeholders in any venture. More so, businesses that choose to raise funding through the ICO route can also expect to have thousands of people (often with conflicting interests) paying attention to how the organization is being run and managed. Thankfully, blockchain technology through Decentralized Autonomous Organizations
(DAOs) makes it easy to reconcile the various interests of stakeholders to arrive at decisions that are in the best interest of the organization. DAOstack
is a tool for creating Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAO) to activate an unprecedented level of scale and efficiency in business processes internally and externally within a broader economic marketplace. DAOstack is offering a blockchain-based solution that might help businesses reposition their organization structures to be scalable, self-regulating, and automated with smart contracts.
DAOstack has expended commendable efforts in designing the core its blockchain governance framework, Arc. To begin with, Arc supports the principles of generality in ensuring that there’s an indefinite number of governance elements such that people can comfortable experiment with different sizes of governance protocols. DAOstack’s Arc framework is also inherently modular to enable the development of increasingly complex governance protocols by adding them or combining for increased efficiency in storage and operational costs.
Finally, the Arc framework also promotes interoperability and transactional flow between different DAOs or agencies. Interoperability between DAOs can facilitate seamless transfer of value across DAOs, and the DAOs can eventually evolve over time in much the same way that mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures occur in the current centralized organizational models.