Transparency as a concept has several theoretical and inspiring elements. Transparency in reality has key risks. Transparency brings back memories of the 1980s and 1990s with Tom Peters and flat organizational structures (remind me to write a piece about matrix management). The Internet can drive this horizontal structure with the toolsets of today.

Transparency (whether under your control or not) strips the varnish away from the corner office. We have had transparency in the corporate world, since Edgar first went online. I remember the days of digging through quarterly and yearly filings to identify key personnel and risks of our competitors and assess acquisition targets. Transparency is not new in the corporate realm. What is new with the transparency is the blending of social media and social engineering to the same corporate model.

Recently, I was able to identify and establish the social-political landscape of a company by studying the usage and linkages of Facebook by the executives. Now, you may wonder why a company's executive team are using FaceBook, but that itself is another segment in a confidential profile of the company. Wouldn't you agree?

Editor's Note:  This post was first published on 5/5/2008.

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Doug has accumulated over 35 years of experience in the technology and media markets. His broad career has ranged from leading Research and Development work for a 300+ million dollar company to an E-Government startup. His efforts have been recognized by major trade associations as well as Tier 1 clients.

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