Responsible autonomy

Invisible hand Hierarchy Heterarchy

Responsible autonomy is the study of organizations and how they work, it is often suggested that there are only three ways of "getting things done": hierarchy, heterarchy and responsible autonomy [1]. This theory is called Triarchy. In a management or organizational system based on responsible autonomy, an individual or a group has autonomy to decide what to do, but is accountable for the outcome of the decision. It might be called ‘no rule’, or rather, no external rule. The existence of accountability makes responsible autonomy similar to anarchy (self-organized society). Responsible autonomy requires clearly defined boundaries at which external direction stops. Here are some examples:


  1. ^ Fairtlough, Gerard (2007). The Three Ways of Getting Things Done. Triarchy Press. ISBN 978-0-955008-13-9.