About the Internet Influence on Organization: Ideas from Ronald Coase
Recently I read an editorial in the Washington Post that described Howard Dean's ability to engage individuals by using a mixture of the Internet and creative thinking. Dean is demonstrating that he can effectively work as a change agent by effective communication with individuals via a small organization. All other politicians work as change agents by effective communication with the leadership of special interest groups via large political machines. If Dean can effectively harness the Internet and bring individuals back into the political process, then there is hope for new initiatives in the educational world.
The basis for Dean's ability to communicate with a huge following via a minimal staff is based on an insight from Ronald Coase, an economist who started his exploration of industrial behavior at the same time I started my exploration of human behavior. The main idea is that organizational size and complexity is related to the cost of a business transaction. If the cost of interaction with Dean is free, then why bother with either political party's apparatus? If Dean's strategy succeeds, then the market for established political parties will shrink. See:
Thoughts about the Medical Monopoly
I have expressed my views about the constraining influence of the medical school monopoly. I have located others that are adding to this discussion. Below are useful links:
A number of folks have talked with me, written about my views etc. Here are some links and PDF files for information related to my life and the development of the Physician Assistant program.
Chinese water torture: All about the PA initiative