silos; Disney up

G S C gscole at ARK.SHIP.EDU
Fri Jul 9 21:27:18 UTC 1999

Silo is used to refer to compartmentalization, of the type that does not
attempt to accommodate the needs/concerns of other organizational units,
as in:  Each unit was in its silo, and didn't want to work with anyone

Can be rigid hierarchical structures or fluid professional units.  In
any event, the various divisions are more concerned with protecting
aspects of what they define as 'turf', than they are with understanding
and working with other units.

The concept has been around for at least 5 years.  Coming from a rural
background, I find the various extensions of the concept to be shallow
representations.  If someone knows that they are in a silo, generally,
they know that it is not wise to stay there long.  They don't need a lot
of motivation to get out of the silo.

George S. Cole   gscole at
Shippensburg University

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