Wiki management for a collaborative world

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7 novembre 2013

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At OpenKnowledge we are heavily promoting the idea that new forms of organization and management are required to face and leverage the opportunities of social business. Now, the American Management Association has published a new book titled “Wiki Management. A revolutionary new model for a rapidly changing and collaborative world” (Amacom, 2013). As the author, Rod Collins, states a nineteenth-century management model is unsustainable in a twenty-first-century world. Today, Collins continues, “the smartest organizations are the ones that know how to aggregate and leverage their collective intelligence by designing organizations not as top-down hierarchies but as powerful collaborative networks”. Although the paradigm shift is related by technological disruption of digital era (according to the author), a central focus of the book is on the organizational relevance of “aggregate and leverage the collective intelligence”. Together with the idea of collective intelligence, a number of collaborative perspectives are explored in the book (networks, collaboration, peer-centricity, community management) using business stories, cases and narratives. From the preface of the book: “For most of us, management is about business plans, organization charts, bosses, formal meetings, policies, procedures, tasks, and reports. These are the common practices of the top-down hierarchical structures that have defined the context of management for well over a century. These practices are the embodiment of a fundamental set of disciplines that have served as the framework for leading and managing large organizations. This framework dates back to the late nineteenth century, when mass production was radically transforming the ways people worked and the major challenge for managers was how to effectively coordinate the tasks and activities of the large numbers of workers in their new factories.a revolutionary new model for a rapidly changing and collaborative world […] A nineteenth-century management model is unsustainable in a twenty-first-century world. As the pace of change continues to accelerate, it is unrealistic to believe that a century-old management model will somehow endure while the rest of the world is reshaped by the technologies of the Digital Age. We live in a new world with new rules, and the old rules are quickly becoming obsolete. That’s why they’re not working anymore (Rod Collins, Wiki Management. A revolutionary new model for a rapidly changing and collaborative world, 2013)

Here the link to the book

http://www.amazon.it/Wiki-Management-Revolutionary-Changing-Collaborative/dp/0814433081/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1383756902&sr=8-2&keywords=wiki+management

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