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An open architecture allows teams to continually self-organize to remain responsive as their local conditions or the organization’s global contexts change. Self-organization means that individuals can reconfigure their own roles and redefine their own contributions while participating in building new team objectives that can most effectively operationalize new performance goals.

Most organizations go through periods of large-scale reorganization. These times are particularly challenging to leaders who are charged with establishing strategic alliance deep within the company’s ranks. As a result, leaders must navigate internal conflict and external threat at the same time. Managers and employees become increasingly anxious as change agents, who are often hired from the outside, implement plans that are not fully understood by those whose lives they affect the most. Organizational “identities” at all levels, including top management, assiduously built up over time through natural relational dynamics are both leveraged and deconstructed by outside agents who have no insight into the social, collective and participatory fabric of a thriving organization.

Because the OPO architecture distributes the responsibility of the change process throughout the organization at all levels, people come to a fuller understanding of the conditions and contexts that are driving the need to change. By allowing responsive and reflexive processes to be engaged by the individuals whose lives are most affected, the OPO architecture discovers more creative solutions and builds strategic alignment faster and deeper.

Furthermore, by integrating an open architecture with an adequate communications platform and participatory governance, the Open Participatory Organization enables teams to be consistently responsive to small change interventions running continuously as local to global processes, rather than remaining vulnerable and reactive to periods of crisis that demand a large strategic overhaul with global-to-local interventions

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