November 21st, 2021

Organizational promiscuity

Having worked for the past 7 years in platform-ecosystem strategies as a product advisor to Fortune 500s, SMBs, startups, networks, think tanks, NGOs, and developmental organizations like the UNDP I realized over time that most of these organizations find themselves trapped in a massive paradox while trying to execute their ecosystem strategies.

In fact, the desire of incumbents to leverage their relational ecosystems to build better products and organizations clashes big time with the cultural dependencies typical of industrial institutions. The cultural debt I’m talking about has been mostly compounded within three centuries of the industrial firm legacy imbued with more than 500 years of patent law.

The imperative used to be: the more you own the more you control, the more you control the more value you can extract.