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Organisation and management models

Much of the social economy is made up of organisations that are not dissimilar to those in the state or private business which have a pyramid structure with authority flowing downwards and accountability flowing upwards. In charities the trustees sit at the top, above the Chief Executive. Hierarchies have survived because they are effective and well-understood models. However, in the last few years, new models of management and organisation have emerged. This is especially the case with online ventures and organisations which are open and collaborative. Organisations of this kind have opted for flatter and more distributed management and organisational structures.