Adman Henshall, Marketing Manager at Process Street, describes four unusual startup organizations in this comprehensive post (and in which Process Street's "self-promotion" part is symbolic).
The post describes in detail the choices made by Zappos, Buffer, Zapier and Basecamp in their respective organizations.
These four companies are of course very commonly quoted when talking about "flat" organizations. But the article offers a good level of detail, while remaining very accessible, so that everyone can really get an idea of what these atypical models imply and can be inspired by them (or on the contrary, move away from them) with a good knowledge of the facts.
When a city doubles in size, the productivity per person increases by 15%. When a company doubles in size, the opposite happens.
Companies like Zappos see this as a fundamental problem to solve. For them, the root lies in organizational structure.
With the opportunity to be dispersed remotely and to build complex products without factories and production lines, the tech industry is particularly able to pursue innovative approaches to structure, management, and organization.
Increased self-management, remote working, and task forces instead of departments, are all emerging trends which lend themselves to growing businesses.
[...] So what are the competing philosophies which are driving these trends within the industry? Which companies have implemented the most extreme reorganizations and how have they dealt with the changes?