The Infinite Resource: Creating and Leading the Knowledge Enterprise / Edition 1by William E. Halal
Like Alice before the looking glass, the world now stands at the portal of a fantastic new reality. Information technology is fast usurping the conventions of the Industrial Age, and the organizational structures that have governed our lives and livelihoods for nearly two hundred years are giving way to a future order. The question is, what form will that order… See more details below
Like Alice before the looking glass, the world now stands at the portal of a fantastic new reality. Information technology is fast usurping the conventions of the Industrial Age, and the organizational structures that have governed our lives and livelihoods for nearly two hundred years are giving way to a future order. The question is, what form will that order take? In The Infinite Resource, nineteen of the best minds in business and government explore that question in fascinating detail. They explain how knowledge—the coin of the Information Age and mankind's first inexhaustible, self-perpetuating source of wealth and competitive advantage—will replace capital as the cornerstone upon which modern economies are built. Each examines the critical implications that reality holds for individuals, businesses, institutions, and nations.A collection of new and powerful voices—including Indianapolis mayor Stephen Goldsmith and Chiat/Day CEO Robert Kuperman, to name but two—present promising new concepts, lessons, and suggestions for grappling with the myriad challenges the knowledge revolution now poses. An up-to-the-minute examination of initiatives underway at Bell Atlantic, MCI, Lufthansa, and other progressive companies constitutes a state-of-the-art survey of corporate knowledge change efforts. Looking ahead, readers will also learn how the principles of this "new management" will result in three corresponding revolutions: from control to freedom, conflict to community, and materialism to spirit. And they will see how these principles will redefine organizations in terms of internal enterprise systems, cooperative communities, intelligent infrastructures, and other new paradigms. Finally, The Infinite Resource is a visionary source of insight and information of consequence to leaders, managers, and others who must wrestle with the challenges these changes present—changes that could come full term by the year 2005.
Table of Contents
The Economic Imperatives of Knowledge: New Organizations for a NewEra.
CREATING THE INTERNAL ENTERPRISE SYSTEM.
A Small Government Solution to Big City Problems.
Transforming Organizations into Market Economies.
Reintroducing Alcoa to Economic Reality.
Market-Based Management at Koch Industries.
Lufthansa Soars on Internal Markets.
FORMING A NETWORK OF COOPERATIVE ALLIANCES.
The Spherical Network organization.
The Age of the Network.
Novell's Ten- Thousand- Piece Puzzle.
Managing the Virtual Organization.
LEVERAGING KNOWLEDGETH AN INTELLIGENT INFRASTRUCTURE.
Our Vision of the Information Superhighway.
Taking a Byte Out of Bureaucracy.
Welcome to the Revolution.
The Intelligent Organization.
An Advertising Agency Without Walls.
Riding the Information Tiger.
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