An architecture for self-managed companies

Oct 31 2016 by Dawna Jones Print This

Dawna talks to Bonnitta Roy about her open architecture for self-managed companies, otherwise known as an Open Participatory Organization.

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Companies are under pressure to distribute power, engage employees and rethink the role of manager in order to meet the challenges of a fast moving world. Bonnitta Roy has designed an open architecture for self-managed companies otherwise known as an Open Participatory Organization. In this conversation with Dawna she describes:

  • What OPO is and how it is different
  • How communication is facilitated in a matrixed organization
  • Why OPO works for startups and established companies with managers
  • Why now is the time to be adapting management design

Bonnitta Roy is an author, international speaker, and creator of the OPO - open participatory organization. She founded APP Associates as a collaborative network of people who are reinventing organizational life based on principles of open participation and a vision of human flourishing. You can follow her work at or in her Medium publication Our Future at Work. To read more about OPO’s and Bonnitta Roy’s work go to Medium.


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