Excellent article in Globoforce's blog on the value of organizational networks:
"Networks are safer because they have built in redundancies. They increase the flow of information. They speed communication. They connect larger groups that otherwise might remain siloed. They homogenize culture. They increase diversity of perspective and experience. They encourage innovation. They provide resilience in the event of trauma. And most critically, they protect against the failure or loss of an important connection point, such as a poor manager or the departure of an influential colleague."
What especially interests me is reconciling Constructal Law and the hierarchical tendency of complex adaptive systems with the advantages of networks. I think a key here is the tension between the optimum flow of information through the system versus the ability for agile reconfiguration to create new information flows.