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

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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 ...
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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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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.
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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.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780814403679
  • Publisher: AMACOM
  • Publication date: 10/24/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 286
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Distributed Mind - Smart People and Smart Organizations 1
1 Knowledge Work: Understanding Mental Labor 8
2 Brawn and Brains: Knowledge Work in Factories 26
3 Knowledge Work Teams: Organizing for Empowerment 37
4 Jack of All Trades, Master of One: Vertical Multiskilling and Other Unique Characteristics of Knowledge Teams 60
5 The Learning Lattice: Evolving Organizational Forms for Knowledge Work 81
6 Creating a Sentient Organization: New Metaphors for Knowledge Work 105
7 Virtual Knowledge Teams: Working on Geographically Dispersed Teams 130
8 The Creative Spark: Harnessing Learning, Creativity, and Innovation 157
9 Knowledge Transfer: Sharing Mind Work and Mastering Information Overload 173
10 Distributed Leadership: Leading Others and Leading Self 194
11 Self-Healing Systems: The Wellness Practices of Smart Teams 218
12 The Cyborganization: Matching Technology to Knowledge Teams 249
13 Trends in Knowledge Work: The Issues and Opportunities of the Future 265
Index 279
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