Negative Consequences of Informal Structures

Some of the downsides of informal structures in an unstructured group are:

  • Decision making: people will listen to other because they like them, not because it is a good idea or significant
  • Accountability and responsibility: the informal group has no formal responsibility to the wider group. Their influence is not based on what they do and so they can not be compelled to act in the best interest of the entire group.

Read The Tyranny of Structurelessness.