The Future Arrived Yesterday: The Rise of the Protean Corporation and What It Means for You

Michael Malone, Author . Crown $27.50 (295p) ISBN 978-0-307-40690-3

Malone (coauthor of The Virtual Corporation ) surveys the growing virtualization of the workplace and the dismantling of traditional organizational structures to argue that we need ways of thinking about organizations that reflect the changing reality of the people who are part of them. The solution, he asserts, is the “protean corporation,” distinguished by its ability to constantly restructure itself to changing circumstances and new opportunities. Praising such corporations as Google, Wikipedia and the U.S. Army, Malone contends that these early-stage “shape-shifters” behave like perpetual entrepreneurial startups, continuously changing their form, direction and identity. He also examines the historical, technological and entrepreneurial evolution of the corporation and envisions the structure, behavior and impact of numerous protean organizations on the American economy and culture. Insightful and visionary, this book will appeal to forward-thinking executives who aim to develop their companies in the tumultuous and ever-changing global marketplace. (May)

Reviewed on: 03/09/2009
Release date: 05/01/2009
Genre: Nonfiction
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