Inventing the Organizations of the 21st Century

Inventing the Organizations of the 21st Century

by Thomas W. Malone, Mich Scott Morton
     
 

ISBN-10: 026263273X

ISBN-13: 9780262632737

Pub. Date: 05/20/2005

Publisher: MIT Press

Technological changes have displaced the hierarchical corporation as the model for business organization; the large corporations of the new century are decentralizing and externalizing, creating networks of "industry ecosystems" that will replace the top-down organizations of the last century. Inventing the
Organizations of the 21st Century reports on a

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Technological changes have displaced the hierarchical corporation as the model for business organization; the large corporations of the new century are decentralizing and externalizing, creating networks of "industry ecosystems" that will replace the top-down organizations of the last century. Inventing the
Organizations of the 21st Century reports on a five-year multidisciplinary research initiative conducted by MIT's Sloan School of Management and sponsored by leading international corporations. The goal of the initiative was not only to understand the way we work now but to invent new ways of working and put them into practice.The twenty articles in the book are organized to answer three questions. The first part,
"What is changing?" examines the reasons for change and the results of change. The second part, "What can you do about it?" considers the new business strategies and organizations that technology and competition demand. The third part, "What do you want in the first place?" examines the goals that animate the initiative, which go beyond pure profit to reflect the human values we want the organizations of the twenty-first century to serve.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262632737
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
05/20/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
444
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.95(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
IIntroduction1
1Inventing the Organizations of the 21st Century3
IIWhat is Changing?15
Why Are Things Changing?23
2The Boundaries of the Firm Revisited25
3Is Empowerment Just a Fad? Control, Decision Making, and IT49
4Beyond Computation: Information Technology, Organizational Transformation and Business Performance71
How Are Things Changing?101
5The Dawn of the E-Lance Economy103
6Two Scenarios for 21st Century Organizations: Shifting Networks of Small Firms or All-Encompassing "Virtual Countries"?115
7The Interesting Organizations Project: Digitalization of the 21st Century Firm133
IIIWhat Can You Do About It?161
Inventing New Strategies171
8The Delta Model: Adaptive Management for a Changing World173
9Clockspeed-Based Strategies for Supply Chain Design205
Inventing New Organizations219
10Tools for Inventing Organizations: Toward a Handbook of Organizational Processes
11Inventing Organizations with the Process Handbook: Excerpts from a Learning History251
12An Improvisational Model for Change Management: The Case of Groupware Technologies265
13The Comparative Advantage of X-Teams283
14Eight Imperatives for the New IT Organization297
IVWhat Do You Want in the First Place?319
15What Do We Really Want? A Manifesto for Organizations of the 21st Century325
16Building a New Social Contract at Work: A Call to Action333
17Retreat of the Firm and the Rise of Guilds: The Employment Relationship in an Age off Virtual Business353
18Unexpected Connections: Considering Your Employees' Personal Lives Can Revitalize Your Business375
19Innovating Our Way to the Next Industrial Revolution389
VConclusion413
20Prospects for the New Century415
List of Contributors417
Index421

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