KM Democracy: would a Parliament’s structure improve company knowledge management?

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At the heart of Eureka Forbes’ approach is the EuroSenate, a 14-member body of elected representatives – one for each of Eureka Forbes’ 14 strategic business units, or geographic zones. The Senators and their Councillors have a clear mandate. They are to be the emissaries of the head office in the zones, and the conduit between knowledge workers and headquarters.

A three-member council, also elected from the strategic business units, assists the 14 representatives, called Senators. The 42 Councillors and the 14 Senators report to six Governors – regional heads of the company. There is also a President, Speaker and a Senate Administration Committee (for details see “How Eureka Forbes Uses Indian Parliamentary Model to Connect with its Staff,” Labonita Ghosh, The Economics Times, November 12, 2010).

What do you think?

  • How would such a structure improve knowledge management?
  • Would that work efficiently in your company? Why?
  • What other models would you suggest?
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