I found a very interesting document over at ChangeThis, Lessons from a Starfish World written by .
Such seemingly dissimilar groups as the Apache Indians, music swapping programs, Wikipedia, Alcoholics Anonymous and Al Queda have one thing in common: they are all starfish. According to Brafman and Beckstrom, each of these resilient groups succeeds because they are absent any hierarchy (head) and conventional organizations (spiders) best watch their backs.
I like this phrase in their text: Size matters. There is power in being small.
Lesson to learn: small and agile organizations can beat the big guys.
Update May 1, 2007.
Jason Alba has posted Book Review: The Starfish and the Spider.
Update April 7, 2008.
I have written a book review at The Starfish and the Spider.
This was originally posted at another (now extinct) blog of mine.