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

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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 ...
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Overview


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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Editorial Reviews

Fortune
...[W]e need visionaries like Malone to help push us past the limitations of our conventional thinking.
April 14th 2004
Financial Times
"[T]he argument offered here is uniquely grand.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591391258
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
  • Publication date: 4/2/2004
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 773,193
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author


Thomas W. Malone is the Patrick J. McGovern Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the founder and director of the MIT Center for Coordination Science in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgements

PART ONE: THE COMING REVOLUTION

Chapter 1. A Time to Choose

Chapter 2 An Amazing Pattern

Chapter 3 The Amazing Pattern in Business

PART TWO: HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN FIT AT THE CENTER OF AN ORGANIZATION?

Chapter 4 Loosening the Hierarchy

Chapter 5 Harnessing Democracy

Chapter 6 Unleashing Markets

Chapter 7 Bringing Markets Inside

Chapter 8 When Should You Decentralize?

PART THREE: FROM "COMMAND AND CONTROL" TO "COORDINATE AND CULTIVATE"

Chapter 9. Coordinating Activities

Chapter 10. Cultivating People

Chapter 11. Putting Human Values at the Center of Business

Conclusion

Appendix How Do Communication Costs Affect Centralization? A Simple Model

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2005

    Excellent new organizational ideas

    Malone gives us the best MIT has to offer in terms of modern organizational theory that works and is changing the face of the way we do business and technology. He uses charts and diagrams to explane the way we are becoming coordinators and what he call democratic organizations that are highly flexible. I especially liked his concept of the Elancer who works for himself on various projects on internet. He has augmented some of the greats in org theory like Mintzberg. I will be able to use some of his bottom up coordination ideas at my workplace to give my staff more control.

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