Who's setting up DynamicNetworksOfTalent?
|Name||Url||What||Key points||Structure||Profits for members|
|BlogCoop||http://www.blogcoop.com/paper.html||For profit co-ops using blogs||Co-op||Yes|
|GlocalConversation||http://glocalconversation.tribe.net||Democratically decided governance?||Network of contractors||Yes|
|MinciuSodas||http://www.ms.lt/||A laboratory for working openly||All work must be open and done in public||Network of contractors||Maybe|
|SohoDojo||http://sohodojo.com/||Research for NanoCorporations||Promotes self-employed, portfolio working||Sole-traders||Yes|
|The Business Experiment||http://www.thebusinessexperiment.com||Seem to want to set themselves up as a company which is guided by aggrogate decisions of their members / readers. Not quite the same.||??||Yes|
|XpertWeb||http://www.xpertweb.com/||Software based exchange and payment system||Customer pays only if work is good. Rates suppliers.||Network of contractors||Yes|
I.T. also reduces transaction costs within companies. PhilAgre has a counter to the techno-optimist reading of Coase which I've put it on TheMarketLogicOfInformation. And the more general discussion is on HierarchiesBeatNetworks. Agre's discussion of TheArchitectureOfComplexity is also worth a read.
Companies do more than aggragate talent. They
How could these be replaced by ad-hoc networks?
There must be a mechanism for shared ownership of expensive things eg. factories, machinery. (How do those schemes where you buy 20% of a private jet work, legally?) Devising the legal structure for a dynamic network alternative involves some conceptual rethinking. (See PropertyRights) Also, this right for companies depends on an agreement with government that includes lodging accounts with the government, registering persons who do have responsibilities etc. What might be an equivalent for ad-hoc networks?
But are any of them not grounded in the idea of the company (which can have multiple owners) as the vehicle for that ownership? -- PhilJones
That is just a play of words. When people have a shared ownership you can call that group a company. --ZbigniewLukasiak
I don't think it's a play of words. A company combines being a vehicle for shared ownership with other legal rights and responsibilities. Yes, any group which wants to have shared ownership might set itself up as a company, but then aquires those other rights and responsibilities. As here, were talking about alternatives to companies, I think we're interested in other vehicles for shared ownership which don't come as part of a whole package. -- PhilJones
And specificially what are the other rights and responsibilities you'd like to trow off? You might say just all of them - but I'll not accept that answer. I'd like to get the reasoning why such and such law feature is redundant. It's a pity that IANAL. --ZbigniewLukasiak
That's a very good question. Just for a second the thought of employer responsibilities to employees flashed through my mind. Am I really MovingToTheRight that fast? No, you didn't really mean that, did you Phil? No. Good.
So I have to think about this. Maybe the real problem is not the package of rights, but how to create and destroy them on the same kind of time scale that I expect from internet group forming. Could we allow a dynamic network to self-organize, achieve something and disipate in an afternoon? Could it have the rights and responsibilities of a company for just that afternoon? Yeah, we need a real lawyer. -- PhilJones
Now we are on the same track. I think the only barrier to completely online companies is a common acceptance and comfort of using electronic signature. With the "freedom of contract" (I don't know the law vocabulary - this is an exact translation from polish) we can arrange any form of cooperation we would like. We just need a way to make a binding contract in the virtual space. -- ZbigniewLukasiak
Maybe to take this further, the point I make on GiftEconomy/Hidden. In fact inside companies are communities. And healthy ones are bubbles of spontaneous gifting, which has an extremely low transaction cost. Hence a company's capacity to create a healthy internal GiftEconomy actually gives it an edge over the market.
Not exactly alternatives but ...