Let’s talk management for a moment. I’m beginning to hear it again and again—managing networks is becoming THE critical skill for the global corporation. Forget managing all those “direct reports.” That’s so 20th century. But leading teams and being a great coach is no longer sufficient either. As corporations disaggregate and use networks of scientists, ethnographers, engineers and ideation people all over the world to innovate and create new products, as they outsource manufacturing and much of commodity services to Asia, they are moving beyond the “flattening” stage of organization. They are becoming more porous, looser, faster and way more flexible. The networked corporation is replacing the post-pyramidal, hierarchical flattened business organization.
We are entering a plug-and-play corporate organizational model. The ability to create and manage networks is therefore becoming increasingly important.
Which B-School is teaching these kinds of management skills?
Andrew Zolli of Z+Partners and Mark Stein of Kaiser Associates pointed this out to me. Thanks to them.
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