I suspect that this has always been the case. What is happening now is a growing appreciation for the truth of this observation and more effort directed toward understanding and shaping the adaptation as it occurs.
Agility and adaptiveness. Ray Ozzie:
“We should distrust any elaborately planned, centrally deployed, and carefully developed business system or process. Successful systems and processes will be agile and dynamically adaptive; they’ll grow and evolve as needed over time.”