Alvin Toffler

Bureaucratic institutions in both the private and public sector break up knowledge and its components, storing and processing them in separate compartments, or ‘stovepipes’. Over time, these stovepipes multiply, as ever-more narrow specialization increases the number of uncrossable boundaries. This makes it extremely difficult to cope with fastchanging new problems requiring knowledge that falls beyond artificial departmental borders.To complicate matters, guarding each stovepipe is an executive whose power is enhanced by control over data, information and knowledge, and who has little incentive to share it. Yet as industrial-age boundaries break down, it is only by sharing that important problems can be solved.

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