Upsizing the Individual in the Downsized Organization: Managing in the Wake of Reengineering, Globalization, and Overwhelming Technological Change

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Upsizing the Individual in the Downsized Organization tells managers not only how to survive today's business turbulence, but how to structure companies large and small for a global, wired environment. As technology creates a world in which work must be done anytime and anyplace, a company's competitive edge will be how it interconnects its people. Johansen and Swigart explain their model of a flexible "fishnet organization: to help managers meet this daunting challenge. ...
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Overview

Upsizing the Individual in the Downsized Organization tells managers not only how to survive today's business turbulence, but how to structure companies large and small for a global, wired environment. As technology creates a world in which work must be done anytime and anyplace, a company's competitive edge will be how it interconnects its people. Johansen and Swigart explain their model of a flexible "fishnet organization: to help managers meet this daunting challenge.

Managing in the wake of reengineering/ globalization/overwhelming technological change.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780201489408
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 11/28/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 195
  • Product dimensions: 6.15 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 0.63 (d)

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Robert Johansen, Ph.D., is director of the New Technologies Program at the Institute for the Future. A social scientist with more than twenty years of experience at the intersection of information technologies and human issues, he leads an ongoing project to explore opportunities for fishnet organizations. He is also a research affiliate in the Center for Information Systems Research and the Center for Coordination Sciences at M.I.T.. Rob Swigart, Ph.D., is a research affiliate at the Institute for the Future, He is the author of eight novels, including Portal, the world’s first interactive novel, and a new Internet fiction project simulating the collapse of Mayan civilization, The authors’ clients have included Wells Fargo, Texaco, EDS, Silicon Graphics, and many other companies. Robert Johansen, Ph.D., is director of the New Technologies Program at the Institute for the Future. A social scientist with more than twenty years of experience at the intersection of information technologies and human issues, he leads an ongoing project to explore opportunities for fishnet organizations. He is also a research affiliate in the Center for Information Systems Research and the Center for Coordination Sciences at M.I.T.. Rob Swigart, Ph.D., is a research affiliate at the Institute for the Future, He is the author of eight novels, including Portal, the world’s first interactive novel, and a new Internet fiction project simulating the collapse of Mayan civilization, The authors’ clients have included Wells Fargo, Texaco, EDS, Silicon Graphics, and many other companies.
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Table of Contents


On Shifting Ground: Organizations Today
Precursors of Organizational Change
Metaphor Management: Reengineering and the Rest
The Fishnet Organization
From Workplace to Work Space
Diversity plus Distance
Just-in-Time Everything
Damage Assessment
Problems with Fishnet Organizations
Rewards, Loyalty, and Commitment
Media Mismatch
Boundaries, Borders, and Frontiers
Love and (Over)Work
The Widening Gap
Long-Distance, Cross-Cultural Management
Remembering, Learning, Forgetting: The Lapse of Corporate Continuity
Banana-Now Time
Rebuilding And The Quest For Continuity
Opportunities for Fishnet Organizations
Anytime/Anyplace Work: Use, Not Abuse
Info-Mediation
Rewarding Work
Learning on the Fly
Variations on the Theme of Time
Growing Continuity
Growing Community
Toward Electronic Commerce
Upsized Managers and Downsized Organizations
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