The starfish and the spider book review

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the starfish and the spider book review

Book review: The Starfish & the Spider | Oliver Group

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Rod Beckstrom - The Starfish and the Spider

Review. One of those delightful business books that transcend the genre "Boston Globe" The Starfish and the Spider is a compelling and important book.

Book Review: The Starfish and the Spider – Brafman and Beckstrom

In the world of nature the spider will cease to exist if cut in half while the starfish, under the same circumstances, will re-generate and continue to develop and thrive into 2 separate starfish. While continuing to compare and contrasts the strengths and weaknesses of centralization and decentralization the focus is definitely on the latter and the authors introduce key ideas and components of what drives decentralized organizations. They use some well-known examples of groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Craigslist. These organizations expanded and developed based on need and value systems. A couple of other key concepts that drive some of the ideas in the book include recognizing the power of chaos and knowledge at the edge.

Download the PDF. The book highlights great examples of long-established, traditional companies that failed to prepare for the changes the internet would pose to their bottom lines. The authors, Ori Brafman and Rod Beckstrom, both successful entrepreneurs in business, government and nonprofit sectors teamed up to write the book. In it, they highlight three types of organizations: centralized, decentralized and a hybrid of the two. These three types of organizations give the book its name.

Brafman and Beckstrom, a pair of Stanford M. The title metaphor conveys the core concept: though a starfish and a spider have similar shapes, their internal structure is dramatically different—a decapitated spider inevitably dies, while a starfish can regenerate itself from a single amputated leg. In the same way, decentralized organizations, like the Internet, the Apache Indian tribe and Alcoholics Anonymous, are made up of many smaller units capable of operating, growing and multiplying independently of each other, making it very difficult for a rival force to control or defeat them. Despite familiar examples—eBay, Napster and the Toyota assembly line, for example—there are fresh insights, such as the authors' three techniques for combating a decentralized competitor drive change in your competitors' ideology, force them to become centralized or decentralize yourself. The authors also analyze one of today's most worrisome "starfish" organizations—al-Qaeda—though that group undermines the authors' point that the power of leaderless groups helps to demonstrate the essential goodness and trustworthiness of human beings. View Full Version of PW. Beckstrom, Author.

The Starfish and the Spider







  1. Solaine F. says:

    Stephen Goode.

  2. Laurence G. says:

    Review. "The Starfish and the Spider is a compelling and important book." -- Pierre Omidyar, CEO, Omidyar Network and Founder and Chairman, eBay Inc.

  3. Gildo G. says:

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  4. Pinabel G. says:

    Brafman is not only interested in thinking and writing about leadership and organizational dynamics, but he also is a practitioner who has put many of his principles into practice.

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