Larry Page reported in his lecture “Inside the Google Machine” (TED, 2004) that, “for 20% of your time, if you are working at Google you can do what you think is the best thing to do and many many things at Google have come out of that”.
In fact Google goes so far as to have a position called the “chief culture officer”. Stacy Sullivan, the holder of that position in 2007 said she her job was to develop a culture that is:
- a flat organisation,
- a lack of hierarchy,
- a collaborative environment” (Mills, 2007).
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