The Distributed Mind: Achieving High Performance Through the Collective Intelligence of Knowledge Work Teams

The Distributed Mind: Achieving High Performance Through the Collective Intelligence of Knowledge Work Teams

by Kimball Fisher, Mareen Duncan Fisher
     
 

For the first time in history, more employees work with their minds than with their muscles. Their value lies in their mental abilities and their knowledge. Collectively, they are the "mind" of the company - a mind spread across many individual brains. The authors of this book call it "the distributed mind." The distributed mind is a powerful force, for if two heads… See more details below

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For the first time in history, more employees work with their minds than with their muscles. Their value lies in their mental abilities and their knowledge. Collectively, they are the "mind" of the company - a mind spread across many individual brains. The authors of this book call it "the distributed mind." The distributed mind is a powerful force, for if two heads are better than one, imagine how much better 20 heads are - if it is possible to manage them all! That's the fascinating subject of The Distributed Mind: How progressive companies are creating teams of "knowledge workers" and coordinating their individual efforts into a web of high performance. Dozens of case studies and examples show that "knowledge workers" aren't just engineers, lawyers, and programmers - they are the predominant workers in virtually every industry, at all levels and in all functions. They represent a fundamental change in the nature of organizations and the way work gets done. The Distributed Mind not only reveals this new world of work, it helps you make sense of it - and make the most of it.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
The authors are consultants and founders of the Fisher Group, a firm specializing in the development of high-performance work teams. Their book focuses on how organizations of all types and sizes can create "knowledge work teams" and make the most of the knowledge assets held by individual employees. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Describes how companies such as Hewlett-Packard, AT&T, Boeing, and the Mayo Clinic assemble teams of specialists with selected expertise and experience to design products and achieve other creative goals. Details the mechanics of designing and managing such a team. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814403679
Publisher:
AMACOM Books
Publication date:
10/24/1997
Pages:
286
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 9.38(h) x 1.09(d)

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