I came across a recent article advocating research into organizational learning to combat terrorism. Terrorists, if I get the gist of the paper right, are ahead of the heirarchically-impaired West in management and organizational learning practice. They apparently have a highly-advanced sense “of the importance of organizational learning, of the significance of knowledge as a resource for fighting, and the value of efficient knowledge management and sharing.”
This goes to show that even the most progressive tools can be used independently of the morality of the cause for which they are employed. Organizational learning seems like too progressive a thing — a kindler, gentler management practice — to be used for such an evil purpose.
(And now I’d like to send a big shout out to all the fine fellows at the NSA and in the intelligence community who are now reading my blog. Hi, y’all.)