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

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

by Thomas W. Malone
     
 

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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… See more details below

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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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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591391258
Publisher:
Harvard Business Review Press
Publication date:
04/02/2004
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
737,394
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.85(d)

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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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