The Infinite Resource: Creating and Leading the Knowledge Enterprise / Edition 1

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"William Halal has brought together the A-Team of informationtechnology to enlighten us all on the nature and possibilities ofthe new world we are careening into." (Richard D. Lamm, formergovernor of Colorado and director, Center for Public Policy andContemporary Issues, University of Denver)

"The Infinite Resource shows that the essential tools for futuresuccess are already within the reach of every organization. Halaland his contributors make a compelling case for leveragingknowledge by engaging everyone in the sharing of this vital asset.In today's global economy, enterprises that fail to draw on thisready resource will be overtaken by their competition." (Norman R.Augustine, chairman, Lockheed Martin Corporation)

"Halal and his colleagues have produced a brilliant and importantbook. For all of us who want to understand the implications forleadership and managing change in today's hyper-spastic turbulenceof the cyberspace age, this book is required reading." (WarrenBennis, distinguished professor of business, University of SouthernCalifornia)

"Provides life-sized, real-world examples of the issues faced bypublic and private organizations trying to make sense of today'sturbulent environment. Halal has more than assembled leading-edgethinkers and practitioners; he has given them a forum in which totell their own stories in their own words." (Laurence Prusak,managing principal and worldwide knowledge management competencyleader, IBM Consulting)

"My candidate for best business book of the year. A groundbreakingwork, a treasure house of insights into the Information Revolutionthat is transforming business, government, and human life. Halalhas assembled top experts to not only guide our understanding, butto provide practical advice on how to benefit from theextraordinary opportunities this infinite resource is creating."(Edward Cornish, president, World Future Society, and editor, TheFuturist)

Library Journal
This is a collection of papers presented at the George Washington University conference "Creating the New Organization," with other material added later to round out the content. These papers, written by leading executives, academics, and consultants active in knowledge management initiatives, represent some of the best advanced thought on the subject. Essential for academic and special collections. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787910150
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/30/1998
  • Series: Jossey-Bass Business and Management Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 265
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.57 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

WILLIAM E. HALAL is professor of management at George Washington University. A respected management scholar, consultant, and author of three previous books, including The New Management (1996), he lives in Washington, D.C.

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Table of Contents


The Economic Imperatives of Knowledge: New Organizations for a NewEra.


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.


Knowledge Companies.

The Spherical Network organization.

The Age of the Network.

Novell's Ten- Thousand- Piece Puzzle.

Managing the Virtual Organization.


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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