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

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Harness the Boundless Power of Knowledge

Take a fascinating glimpse into the not-too-distant future. In The Infinite Resource, seventeen visionary thinkers explore knowledge—the only inexhaustible source of competitive advantage—as the juggernaut of an remarkable new order whose advent is fast rAndering today's business conventions obsolete. Their incisive observations include up-to-the-minute examinations of knowledge-change initiatives currently under way at Bell Atlantic, MCI, Lufthansa, and other forward-thinking companies. Filled with fresh ideas, perspectives, and voices, it's a state-of-the-art appraisal of emerging organizational forms vital to anyone grappling with the challenges and possibilities posed by the Information Age.

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Editorial Reviews

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

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

"Halal and his colleagues have produced a brilliant and important book. For all of us who want to understand the implications for leadership and managing change in today's hyper-spastic turbulence of the cyberspace age, this book is required reading." (Warren Bennis, distinguished professor of business, University of Southern California)

"Provides life-sized, real-world examples of the issues faced by public and private organizations trying to make sense of today's turbulent environment. Halal has more than assembled leading-edge thinkers and practitioners; he has given them a forum in which to tell their own stories in their own words." (Laurence Prusak, managing principal and worldwide knowledge management competency leader, IBM Consulting)

"My candidate for best business book of the year. A groundbreaking work, a treasure house of insights into the Information Revolution that is transforming business, government, and human life. Halal has assembled top experts to not only guide our understanding, but to provide practical advice on how to benefit from the extraordinary opportunities this infinite resource is creating." (Edward Cornish, president, World Future Society, and editor, The Futurist)

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 New Era.


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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