Gary Hamel, Thomas Stewart and the Harvard Business Review are asking people to Imagin[e] the Company of the Future:
What will the company of the future look like? Will it be any different from today's leading-edge businesses? What are the important ways in which today's companies must change in order to thrive?
The survey asks two questions that will be folded into a future HBR article on the topic:
- Twenty years into the future, what one characteristic — principle, process, practice, or structural feature — of the late twentieth-century industrial organization will appear to be the most antiquated or anachronistic?
- Looking out a generation or two, what feature or characteristic — principle, process, practice, or structural feature — of leading-edge organizations will be most different from what we observe today? Use your imagination to describe this new feature or characteristic in detail and in a way that illustrates the difference it will make to organizational success.
The short version of my answers:
- Cost accounting.
- Social network analysis.
[found via Patti Anklam]