For nearly three decades, MIT Professor Thomas W. Malone explores the enormous impact of information technology on organizations. Against the backdrop of the global economic downturn, Malone discussed how new forms of communication are increasingly empowering workers and thus solving the structures of corporate hierarchies. This situation will eventually lead it to the widespread use of what the coordinate and maintain approach to management. With this approach, co … Read more »

For nearly three decades, MIT Professor Thomas W. Malone explores the enormous impact of information technology on organizations. Against the backdrop of the global economic downturn, Malone discussed how new forms of communication are increasingly empowering workers and thus solving the structures of corporate hierarchies. This situation will eventually lead it to the widespread use of what the coordinate and maintain approach to management. This approach focuses on the coordination of the activities that need to be done within the company and the relationships among those activities. Cultivation, now focuses on the people, the activities, what they want, what they are good as they are to realize their potential. While top-down control is needed at certain times, the author argues that it is always imperative to help people find and develop their own natural strengths. Looking at the sweep of human history, the author digs signs that the business world can our small, loosely structured, hunter-gatherer roots back in ancient times. This organizational development opens up a whole new range of business opportunities that companies would do well to use and embrace before the dinosaurs to be found in a new era.
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Thomas W. Malone
Source: IESE Insight Magazine
8 pages.
Release Date: 15, March 2010. Prod #: IIR022-PDF-ENG
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