The future of work is already shaped by today’s trends. One undeniable influence is the unchecked growth of business information. A surprising amount of this information is paper that exists as unstructured data locked outside your core systems.
Another trend is the growth of the decentralized workforce, as our organizations adapt to mobility, cloud environments, expanded markets, mergers and acquisitions, and other factors. Easier, cheaper communication has untethered workers from the corporate mothership. Now it’s time to consider how processes must also adapt as the pathways for information, communication and collaboration.
How to Help Decentralized Teams Succeed: These two forces — decentralized teams and exploding unstructured information – demand a new approach. When workers are decentralized, the processes to connect them with data and business systems are even more critical. Workers must be able to connect the information gaps and bridge the silos in order to deliver productivity, customer service and business success.
A Lexmark-sponsored webinar on August 8 features MIT professor, critically acclaimed author and organizational visionary, Prof. Thomas Malone, and a look at various models and strategies for decentralized workforces. If there’s a discussion about the evolving workplace and distributed workforce, chances are, Thomas Malone’s ideas are influencing the conversation. You might say he literally wrote the book about it: The Future of Work: How the New Order of Business Will Shape Your Organization, Your Management Style, and Your Life, published by Harvard Business School Press, 2004.
Spend an Hour with an Organizational Visionary: Malone is the Patrick J. McGovern Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and founding director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence. He was also the founder and director of the MIT Center for Coordination Science and one of the two founding co-directors of the MIT Initiative on “Inventing the Organizations of the 21st Century.”
If you’ve read any of Malone’s many articles, blogs and other publications, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear his thinking about decentralized teams. And if you expect to be around for the future of work, you should plan to attend this webinar.
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