Decentralization

We discusses how decentralization is being incorporated by the international terrorist organizations. Prior to 9-11 , terror networks were primarily set up in a more pyramid design, that is, power and decision making came from the top and trickled down to those that carried out the will of those in power. Since 9-1 1, those networks are now set up in a parallel system. Traditional leaders of terrorist organizations are now more figureheads and spiritual leaders.

They develop the ideals, and the lower levels, or the body of the organization now carries out the plans. This allows sections to be made at a lower level, with the main goal still being driven by the top. Wee discusses various reasons why this is happening. Technology is being used to help train lower levels more than ever before, and more techniques are being used to deliver out their plans. Discussion: Decentralization in business can be very advantageous to the corporation because it can let those who are closer to the problem identify a way to solve it.

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In the past leaders of business dictated everything the business did and as the business grew, those leaders became more and more out of touch with any things, including competition, customer issues, and technological changes. When the leadership was out of touch with these areas, smaller, more efficient companies became able to capture some of the market share because they could shift their focus easier than larger companies. Decentralization, giving that power to lower levels has helped larger companies adapt to these challenges.

What’s interesting is that not only businesses are smart enough to decentralized, but terrorist networks have begun doing the same as well. Further, different terrorist networks that have the same common goal now an form a global network. The irony of this is, as a company, or network in this case, grows larger, typically it becomes more difficult to fulfill your goal because of disagreements from within, the different layers of management approval, as well as potential confusion of a common goal. But terror networks lead from within, not from above.

This makes them even more dangerous. AY Qaeda is the predominant movement, and those other networks may align with them because of similar ideologies. The final part in the organizational structure is the public sympathy, which can being in new embers and grow the sentiment that the main organization carries. Lower levels of terror cells have had to come up with different methods to carry out their plans. Instead of one single method, they have developed several ways to get explosives in to their target areas.

This is the method of decentralization, bringing more people in to solve problems in a regional area. If terrorist cells and organizations have embraced decentralization, then there is probably something to it. On a non-terror level, some countries have also found decentralization to be a successful path. The Netherlands has hefted governmental authority to more local authority in the case of welfare recipients. (Minas et al, 2012). This shows that not only businesses can benefit from decentralization, but governmental units as well.

There are some downsides to decentralization, and it can simply be seen in some areas in the united States, where local governments have the majority of the control. Some states and cities do very well, while others do not. When you leave decision making to lower levels or “closer to the people” levels, it then becomes decisions that may not have been good decisions to begin with. You end up with “a highly contingent and politically unstable division of authority between states and localities” (Chargers, peg 1842).

This is why it is quite important to have those in the local levels, or middle to lower management in business, be competent enough to understand the issues and act accordingly in the best interest of the company or government. Biblical Integration There is a very good integration between decentralization within the Bible. When Christ was on the Earth, people followed his word and his teachings directly. Disciples did what He said, without question.