January 30, 1998
Like Alice before the looking glass, the world now stands at the portal of a fantastic new reality. Information technology is fast usurping the conventions of the Industrial Age, and the organizational structures that have governed our lives and livelihoods for nearly two hundred years are giving way to a future order. The question is, what form will that order take?
In The Infinite Resource, nineteen of the best minds in business and government explore that question in fascinating detail. They explain how knowledge (the coin of the Information Age and mankind’s first inexhaustible, self-perpetuating source of wealth and competitive advantage) will replace capital as the cornerstone upon which modern economies are built. Each examines the critical implications that reality holds for individuals, businesses, institutions, and nations.
In this collection, new and powerful voices (including Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith and Chiat/Day CEO Robert Kuperman, to name but two) present promising new concepts, lessons, and suggestions for grappling with the myriad challenges the knowledge revolution now poses. An up-to-the-minute examination of initiatives underway at Bell Atlantic, MCI, Lufthansa, and other progressive companies constitutes a state-of-the-art survey of corporate knowledge change efforts.
Looking ahead, readers will also learn how the principles of this “new management” will result in three corresponding revolutions: from control to freedom, conflict to community, and materialism to spirit. And they will see how these principles will redefine organizations in terms of internal enterprise systems, cooperative communities, intelligent infrastructures, and other new paradigms.
Finally, The Infinite Resource is a visionary source of insight and information of consequence to leaders, managers, and others who must wrestle with the challenges these changes present – changes that could come full-term by the year 2005.
William E. Halal is professor of management at George Washington University. A respected management scholar, consultant, and author of three previous books, including The New Management (1996), he lives in Washington, D.C.