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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Corporations, networks ... what next?

150 years ago corporations started using auditors according to the law and under control of the state. It was (and to a certain extent is) the world of separation. Access to business information/knowledge was and is a privilege of auditors and consultants. Hence not only audit and consulting emerged to assist corporations in business war for profit, markets, customers ... but (in contrast) also informal networks emerged to understand what business world is doing, as we can see from blogging and other social media. This second world has only one law – copyright and is "above" the states borders. It watches business as usual and tests new business models ...

In fact we can see 2 models:

The known model is: corporation – auditor/consultant – public.

What's the networked model?

Let's rename the parts of the abovementioned model: corporation (persons) – auditor/consultant (person) – public (person). In fact we get the "person - person" model "above" the states borders and law where personal knowledge matters – Knowledge Persons.

Why these models are different, if they look like the same but are written in 2 languages?

I think it's because corporations mostly deal with tangible things. A confirmation for this are the audit standards. It's a space for tangibles where things can be lost and therefore are being secured. Information and knowledge are also "things" here.

If networks are not being built like corporations, they (networks) are open – welcome people to join and benefit from one level collaboration, with a direct access to information/knowledge flows ... And their "person – person" model can include ideas creation, design, production, sales, explanations, consumption ... according to public contract (a network charter). Audit and consulting can be included too and must measuring, correcting knowledge that is a building unit for sociobusiness networking.

So, as we can see a symbiosis of corporations and informal networks can be. For example, some corporations can be the production units within the network.

Can the corporations acquire the open network? Oddly, but openness is an obstacle for that because corporation can't be open as the networks can.

The next entity, I suppose, will be audit/consulting for networking. It will mediate interaction of the persons again, but differently. If we do network, we should audit understanding of interaction to accept it or not and correct it to build our global sociobusiness life or netliving.

I think auditing/consulting the networks will be a function of their openness, but I don't know where is a place for the states here?

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