The Future of Work: How the New Order of Business Will Shape Your Organization, Your Management Style, and Your Life

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Harvard Business School Press, 2004 - Business & Economics - 225 pages
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For more than a decade, business thinkers have theorized about how technology will change the shape of organizations. In this landmark book, renowned organizational theorist Thomas Malone, codirector of MIT's "Inventing the Organizations of the 21st Century" initiative, provides the first credible model for actually designing the company of the future. Based on 20 years of groundbreaking research, The Future of Work foresees a workplace revolution that will dramatically change organizational structures and the roles employees play in them. Technological and economic forces make "command and control" management increasingly less useful. In its place will be a more flexible "coordinate and cultivate" approach that will spawn new types of decentralized organizations—from internal markets to democracies to loose hierarchies. These future structures will reap the scale and knowledge efficiencies of large organizations while enabling the freedom, flexibility, and human values that drive smaller firms. This book explores the skills managers will need in a workplace in which the power to decide belongs to everyone.

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Review: The Future of Work: How the New Order of Business Will Shape Your Organization, Your Management Style, and Your Life

User Review  - Tommy - Goodreads

I thought this book was just excellent. I don't think there were any radical new ideas in the book necessarily but the organization and explanations were amazing. It really compiled and made sense of ... Read full review

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one might say: ok, what bnow? Read full review

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Thomas W. Maloneis the Patrick J. McGovern Professor of Information Systems at the MIT Sloan School of Management.He is also the founder and director of the MIT Center for Coordination Science and was one of two founding co-directors of the MIT Initiative on Inventing the Organizations of the 21st Century.

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