It works – I know it works

Lars Kolind


Valve is the prototype knowledge-based company because its organizational design fosters creativity, action, fast learning, and high productivity. I experienced a similar organization about 15 years before Valve, at Oticon, the Danish hearing aid manufacturer which dropped bosses, titles, departments, and most of the bureaucracy and paperwork that slows down work. As in Valve, the value-creation was spectacular: 60% growth in market value each year for a ten-year period.


new forms of organizing; organizational forms; non-hierarchical organizations; self-organizing teams; boss-less organizations

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