By Benjamin J. Butler
I will be heading off to London shortly and then Seoul for the World Knowledge Forum (www.wkforum.org). One of the themes we will be speaking about there is the future of organizations: I think we are in the midst of a revolution. When you look at the history of humankind, you will see that every time there is a shift in consciousness in an era, we tend to change the way we organize ourselves. I see signs that we are there now.
Currently I think that organizations are still using the language of command and control from the times of the Industrial Revolution: that's why we hear about human resources, assets, labor, productivity etc. etc. Humans are just one part of the factory. Interestingly, many of the early organizational theorists were engineers or respected engineers. Often their goal was to eke out more productivity from people, who basically ... Log in or subscribe to continue reading.