Future Perfect: A Startling Vision of the Future We Should Be Managing Now

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When Tom Peters called Future Perfect ”the book of the decade” ten years ago it wasn’t hyperbole, it was understatement. This tenth anniversary edition of Future Perfect, with a new introduction and updated notes by the author, is even more relevant than it was when the book was first published. It’s as if we’ve had to move further into the world Davis describes to fully grasp the degree of his prescience, and the wisdom of his analysis.Future Perfect is the book for business readers who are tired of learning ...
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When Tom Peters called Future Perfect ”the book of the decade” ten years ago it wasn’t hyperbole, it was understatement. This tenth anniversary edition of Future Perfect, with a new introduction and updated notes by the author, is even more relevant than it was when the book was first published. It’s as if we’ve had to move further into the world Davis describes to fully grasp the degree of his prescience, and the wisdom of his analysis.Future Perfect is the book for business readers who are tired of learning the latest buzzword only to find that it’s been supplanted by another. The words Davis asks us to consider are time, space, and mass. When you begin to think of these basic dimensions of the physical universe as the fundamental resources of our economy, the possibilities for creative thinking become infinite. And you find a lasting way of understanding business challenges.Many of Davis’s concepts that seemed ”way out” ten years ago have become part of our standard way of thinking about business. Everyone talks about operating ”any time, any place” and ”mass customization,” phrases Davis coined for use in business. Yet, as he points out in his new introduction, while business may be able to scurry to keep up with changes in technology, the economy, and society, organizations can’t change as fast as the businesses they are managing. It may take two years to implement an organizational change that supports your ”any time” business. Then you have an organization perfectly appropriate for 1996, but you have a 1998 business to run. ”We would be much better off,” he says, ”using models that never fall behind in the first place.”How do we do that? ”By confronting the fact that business operates by the economic rules of the marketplace, whereas organizations operate by the social, psychological, and political rules of the workplace. If we want businesses and their organizations to work together in lock-step, rather than in lag-step, then they must operate by the same rules.”This new edition of Future Perfect gives us strategies and models for the next ten years and beyond.

Management consultant Davis illuminates the new marketplace high technology has brought us, and challenges business leaders to fully exploit that technology.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In our aging postindustrial era, we're witnessing a technological explosion, notes Davis, a Boston-based business consultant, and in this short but ``deeply provocative'' book he sets out ``to give new meaning to time, space and matter in shaping tomorrow's busi ness and organization.'' PW called Davis's insights ``eye-opening.'' (Sept.)
Library Journal
Davis builds on an important vision that structure and style of organizational culture are the result of changes in the external environment, especially in science and technology. He presents examples featuring such high-tech wizardry as holograms, parallel processing, microcircuitry, and genetic engineering, and describes how Federal Express rose to prominence because its founder visualized how technology could be used to achieve overnight delivery. Unfortunately, much of this work trots out well-worn business anecdotes. Recommended only for general collections. BOMC/Fortune alternate.Gene R. Laczniak, Marquette Univ., Milwaukee
Booknews
A tenth anniversary edition of the groundbreaking business management treatise utilizing physics principles such as time, space, and mass to illustrate how businesses and their organizations function. Davis (retired, business, Harvard U.) keeps up with the fast pace of changing corporations by eschewing buzzwords and emphasizing the development of models which are designed to keep step with the future needs of international business. Includes a new introduction by the author. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780201590456
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 9/8/1996
  • Edition description: 10th anniversary ed
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 255
  • Lexile: 1220L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.37 (w) x 9.49 (h) x 1.05 (d)

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