Tag Archives: knowledge workers

How Relevant is the ‘Boundary Worker’ Idea?

IBM has suggested this new term, the Boundary Worker, as a middle point between a service worker and a knowledge worker.  Is this really something new, or just the natural progress of a all workers in today’s hyper connected world?

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Applying Complexity Science to Management

This session from the Global Peter Drucker Forum has a lot of gems about management in highly complex situation.  Many good hints on leadership for knowledge workers.

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Adaptive Work Patterns in SAP Jam

A couple of people alerted me to this announcement by SAP last Monday about their new capability to support work patterns because it parallels in many ways to the message about adaptive case management.

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Absolutely Self-Managed Workers

Why not get rid of management entirely? That was the thesis of Doug Kirkpatrick’s talk at the Building Business Capability conference this week about the Morning Star Company, a company which has tried the radical approach of being entirely flat, … Continue reading

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Updates for November

Two webinars, an interview/podcast, and a number of relevant links — all in the past couple of weeks.  Here are the links

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Automation leads to Forgetting

What is the limit of automation?  We often think that automation is limited by the technical ability to construct the automation.  It is not surprising that automation decreases the ability for those people to do the same job manually.   … Continue reading

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Automation Elevating Workers, Not Eliminating

A new study from Oxford says that 47% of the jobs in America are at risk of automation.  There is a lot of fear that a job automated is equivalent to a job eliminated. It is the same fear that … Continue reading

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Do Management Gurus Encourage Process Enforcement?

As part of the research for the last keynote I gave, I wanted to see how well known management gurus recommend supporting knowledge workers to be more effective.  What I found was surprising and well understood at the same time.

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Is Management becoming Unnecessary?

Harold Jarche has a controversial slide cast this week titled “Subversive thoughts” which explores the relationship between the trends for supporting knowledge work, and the role of management as it is traditionally defined.

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Are Flow-to-the-work Organizations right for Knowledge Workers?

There is an article in Harvard Business Review this month about how companies are beginning to organize knowledge workers in a new way.  The concept has been called a “flow-to-the-work organization” and it reflects a new way of thinking about how … Continue reading

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