Inventing the Organizations of the 21st Century

Paperback | August 15, 2003

EditorThomas W. Malone, Robert Laubacher, Michael S. Scott Morton

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Technological changes have displaced the hierarchical corporation as the model for business organization; the large corporations of the new century are decentralizing and externalizing, creating networks of "industry ecosystems" that will replace the top-down organizations of the last century. Inventing the Organizations of the 21st Century reports on a five-year multidisciplinary research initiative conducted by MIT's Sloan School of Management and sponsored by leading international corporations. The goal of the initiative was not only to understand the way we work now but to invent new ways of working and put them into practice.The twenty articles in the book are organized to answer three questions. The first part, "What is changing?" examines the reasons for change and the results of change. The second part, "What can you do about it?" considers the new business strategies and organizations that technology and competition demand. The third part, "What do you want in the first place?" examines the goals that animate the initiative, which go beyond pure profit to reflect the human values we want the organizations of the twenty-first century to serve.

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Technological changes have displaced the hierarchical corporation as the model for business organization; the large corporations of the new century are decentralizing and externalizing, creating networks of "industry ecosystems" that will replace the top-down organizations of the last century. Inventing the Organizations of the 21st Ce...

Michael S. Scott Morton is Jay W. Forrester Professor of Management Emeritus at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Thomas W. Malone is Patrick J. McGovern Professor of Information Systems at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Robert Laubacher is Research Associate at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:456 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.95 inPublished:August 15, 2003Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:026263273X

ISBN - 13:9780262632737

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"Occasionally in the history of ideas there is a convergence around a radical and challenging agenda. *Inventing the Organizations of the 21st Century* is no mere compendium of occasional publications, but rather the exciting demonstration of just such a confluence: an extraordinary range of disciplines, unified by a common perspective that may come to define the 'MIT School.'"--Philip Evans, Senior Vice President, The Boston Consulting Group