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The Future of Work by Thomas W. Malone
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Nov 23, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: non-fiction, social-change

I thought this book was just excellent. I don't think there were any radical new ideas in the book necessarily but the organization and explanations were amazing. It really compiled and made sense of a lot of information and took a lot of implicit knowledge and made it explicit. As a math guy I can compare it to Euclid and his book Elements Of Geometry: Containing The First Six Books Of Euclid. Like it, this book has some new insights sprinkled with a whole new framework of thinking of the topic.

The basic premise of the book is that organizations (not just companies) have been largely decentralized throughout history and that lowering communication costs will lead businesses to decentralize more in the future. Tom Malone then goes on to catalog the different degrees of decentralizations, different ways to decentralize, and when each one is useful. This is the core part of the book. It is packed with examples of where these things are happening now and where they might happen in the future. The treatment is incredibly complete and thorough. I'm not going to go into all the detail except to say that this book is a must read for any organization looking to lead the way into the future and innovate in new styles of leadership, management and organization

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