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We join spokes together in a wheel, but it is the emptiness of the center hole that makes the wagon move.
We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want.
Stowe Boyd, gigaom.com
I saw a link to a 2009 Harvard Business Review piece by Gary Hamel, the well-known management theorist, in which he calls for a new era of management thinking:
Gary Hamel, Moon Shots for ManagementEquipping organizations to tackle the…
Really important point by Stowe Boyd! Hamel et al are underestimating the depth and the fundamental nature of the current transformation of the society. When changing the way people are communicating with each other, from a one-to-many to a many-to-many structure, everything is going to change. We must understand that we are on our way to rewire humanity as a whole, which means fundamental changes in e g how we organize and create value. To take the stand in one of the groups that have grown up from the historic way of organizing things, like the management category, is futile and will not provide a standpoint from which the current development can be understood.
More to follow on this topic.
John Hagel debunks the technology primacy of Race Against The Machines (Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee) by suggesting that the way that work is structured makes it liable to be ephemeralized by technology. Hagel says this is a time to rethink how work should be done. He doesn’t use the term ‘postnormal’ but he makes the case that in a world of higher complexity, rapid change and uncertainty, we need to rework work itself: to restructure our institutions, rethink what people are supposed to be doing, and refactor the meaning of work and our place in it.