An organization without a CEO may have been a tough concept for people to wrap their minds around years ago, but it becomes a viable idea in the current age where data is driving decisions. Deloitte Consulting director John Hagel and Suketu Gandhi, the firm’s marketing head, co-authored an article with Forbes contributor Giovanni Rodriguez that takes a look into the merit of the CEO-less organization. The article "How Infrastructure, Data Enable the Leaderless Enterprise" reports on their assertions.
Uncertainty is one of the main contributors to why this business strategy could be beneficial. While CEO's are supposed to make predictions and decisions to determine the fate of their companies, data challenges are making that a tough place to be in.
The article states another reason:
One is mounting complexity, driven by shifts in technical infrastructures and growing amounts of data and other factors. It’s coupled by a pressure to deliver better results more on par with the new market standards, set forth by peers that implement new technologies and properly adopt their business models.
Overall, this would mark a huge shift in not only operations, but culture. It may be too big of a leap for organizations to make at this point. In the near future, as long as there is an agile infrastructure in place allowing company-wide access to information and insights, we could see this occur.
Megan Feil, August 23, 2012