Upsizing the Individual in the Downsized Organization tells managers not only how to survive today’s business turbulence, but how to structure companies large and small for a global, wired environment. As technology creates a world in which work must be done anytime and anyplace, a company’s competitive edge will be how it interconnects its people. Johansen and Swigart explain their model of a flexible fishnet organization: to help managers meet this daunting challenge.
Robert Johansen, Ph.D., is director of the New Technologies Program at the Institute for the Future. A social scientist with more than twenty years of experience at the intersection of information technologies and human issues, he leads an ongoing project to explore opportunities for fishnet organizations. He is also a research affiliate in the Center for Information Systems Research and the Center for Coordination Sciences at M.I.T.
Rob Swigart, Ph.D., is a research affiliate at the Institute for the Future, He is the author of eight novels, including Portal, the world’s first interactive novel, and a new Internet fiction project simulating the collapse of Mayan civilization, The authors’ clients have included Wells Fargo, Texaco, EDS, Silicon Graphics, and many other companies.
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