All Edge: Inside The New Workplace Networks

Hardcover | March 17, 2015

byClay Spinuzzi

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Work is changing. Speed and flexibility are more in demand than ever before thanks to an accelerating knowledge economy and sophisticated communication networks. These changes have forced a mass rethinking of the way we coordinate, collaborate, and communicate. Instead of projects coming to established teams, teams are increasingly converging around projects. These “all-edge adhocracies” are highly collaborative and mostly temporary, their edge coming from the ability to form links both inside and outside an organization. These nimble groups come together around a specific task, recruiting personnel, assigning roles, and establishing objectives. When the work is done they disband their members and take their skills to the next project.

Spinuzzi offers for the first time a comprehensive framework for understanding how these new groups function and thrive. His rigorous analysis tackles both the pros and cons of this evolving workflow and is based in case studies of real all-edge adhocracies at work. His provocative results will challenge our long-held assumptions about how we should be doing work.

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Work is changing. Speed and flexibility are more in demand than ever before thanks to an accelerating knowledge economy and sophisticated communication networks. These changes have forced a mass rethinking of the way we coordinate, collaborate, and communicate. Instead of projects coming to established teams, teams are increasingly con...

Clay Spinuzzi is professor of rhetoric and writing at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of Tracing Genres through Organizations, Network, and Topsight.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:March 17, 2015Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022623696X

ISBN - 13:9780226236964

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1    Becoming All Edge
2    What Are All-Edge Adhocracies?
3    Stage Management: The Case of Nonemployer Firms
4    The Foundation of All-Edge Adhocracies: Organizational Networks
5    Working Alone, Together: The Case of Coworking
6    The Dynamic Structure of All-Edge Adhocracies: Activities
7    Lone Wolves: The Case of Search Engine Optimization
8    The Configurations of All-Edge Adhocracies: Hierarchies, Markets, Clans, and Networks
9    The Work of All-Edge Adhocracies: The Three Integrations
10  The Future of All-Edge Adhocracies

Appendix: Methodology
Works Cited
Index

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"If you're obsessed about the future of work, Spinuzzi's latest is a must-read. All Edge is a fascinating deconstruction and exploration of the future workplace. Spinuzzi looks back, examines the now makes some solid predictions. His grasp of how, where and why we're going All Edge is smart, logical, and a mandatory reading for trend watchers."