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What does the Future of Management look like to you?

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 28 November 2007



What does the Future of Management look like to you?
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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 90
Posted DateWednesday 28 November 2007 08:05 GMT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen
Linkshttp://discussionleader.hbsp.com/hamel/2007/09/what_does_the ... 

Gary Hamel
Thanks to Chris Fletcher for pointing me to this blog posting of Gary Hamels where Gary asks What does the Future of Management look like to you?.

I have enjoyed Gary's thinking on the future of management and organizations and in particular the increasing power and influence of the individual ever since I read his book Leading the Revolution in 2000.

There are some clear implications for KM if Gary has got these predictions right as I feel he has. The most obvious two are:
"Restricted, controlled flow of information shall be the most antiquated feature."

"The need for large, expensive & highly trained information technology departments will have disappeared because reliable, robust & highly configurable solutions will be available via the Internet."
The control and flow of information and knowledge will be set free from the tyranny of IT, IS, corporate librarians and management who wish to censor and control it and put it in neat little boxes! Its slowly happening and its mainly social tools such as Wikis and Weblogs that will make this a reality.

But take a look at the comments on Gary's posting. Event if you don't agree with them all - they are rich food for thought - most of them inspiring but some of them scary!

If you are interested in Knowledge Management, the Knowledge Café or the role of conversation in organizational life then you my be interested in this online book I am writing on Conversational Leadership
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