Industrial organizations structured themselves based on the concept of Value Chains. This concept, first defined by Michael Porter, extended the concepts of Taylorism to look at organizations as creating value through a series of progressive steps, each of which added additional value.
Competitive advantage was created by better managing of this value chain in order to increase production efficiencies and margins. As these chains became international, we created a global economy.
But we are now rapidly evolving into a new creative economy, one that is powered by digital technologies.
This new creative economy has fundamentally new rules. No longer is **increased efficiency** the prime driver of competitive advantage. Now, it's the **rate of innovation**.
Many companies are reimagining their organization structures to be more adaptive and agile. These are as Value Networks.
Value Networks are complex systems that are inherently organic and evolving. They are autopoietic by nature. Teams and departments become nodes connecting together that are all aligned to a company's core values.
When we seek to reimagining education, we are challenged to begin to think of them as value networks, where the system is organic and adaptive. From the outside, it can appear to be messy, but the inherent dynamic nature accelerates the rate of learning, for both students and teachers. One that unleashes Creative Genius.
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