How to gain power at work in the future: Give it away
By HARVEY SCHACHTER
Wednesday, August 4, 2004 - Page C3
The Future of Work
By Thomas Malone,
Harvard Business School Press,
225 pages, $44.95
"Prof. Malone suggests three patterns will occur in the future:
Loosening the hierarchy: When Google Inc. starts a major project, it
doesn't create a huge new organization with lots of management layers,
it sets up a few autonomous engineering teams and sets them loose. The
Wikipedia on-line encyclopedia allows anybody to contribute to it, with
no centralized quality control. "Its success so far shows that amazingly
loose hierarchies can create impressively large and complex results,"
Prof. Malone says."