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What it means when people who grew up with technology in their hands become the heart of a work force — and what it means if managers don’t understand them.
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MIT's Andrew McAfee has a new book that looks at Enterprise 2.0 tools as a way to span organizational networks. In an interview, he talks about the wide variety of organizations that are embracing the collaborative use of technology, the upsides of being able to identify who knows what, and why managers should be interested in Facebook.
Best practice in product development (PD) is migrating from local collaboration to global collaboration. Global product development (GPD) represents a transformation for business, and it applies to a range of industries. The objective of this article is to present frameworks that can help companies address strategic and tactical issues when considering GPD. The concepts have been developed through discussions with more than 100 companies in 15 countries in North America, Europe and Asia.
Based on an investigation of the performance of 80 software development projects with varying levels of dispersion — members in different cities, countries or continents — this article asserts that virtual teams offer tremendous opportunities despite their greater managerial challenges. In fact, dispersed teams outperformed their colocated counterparts when they had the appropriate processes in place. Those processes can be classified in two categories: task-related and socio-emotional.
How has Microsoft adapted to the era of open source? A new book, Burning the Ships: Intellectual Property and the Transformation of Microsoft, gives a detailed view into that question.
“What will be the long-term impact of the crisis on technological innovation?” Joshua Gans examines that question in the new Spring 2009 issue of MIT Sloan Management Review.
Two innovation experts see great potential in “creation networks” that include companies from a variety of regions with specialized technical expertise.
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