Thursday, January 4, 2007

Wikinomics excerpt

As you know I‘m reading Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams' book Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything. The book arrived just before my flight on Tuesday which was most excellent. I‘ve gotten through about half of the book so far.

It‘s been a great read. I can‘t say that I‘m learning a lot, but the book does a wonderful job of describing what‘s going on. I will definitely be recommending it to others. Lots of people need to read this book. Here‘s an excerpt:

One thing that has not changed is that winning organizations (and societies) will be those that tap the torrent of human knowledge and translate it into new and useful applications. The difference today is that the organizational values, skills, tools, processes, and architectures of the ebbing command-and-control economy are not simply outdated; they are handicaps on the value creation process. In an age where mass collaboration can reshape industry overnight, the old hierarchical ways of organizing work and innovation do not afford the level of agility, creativity, and connectivity that companies require to remain competitive in today's environment. Every individual now has a role to play in the economy, and every company has a choice- commoditize or get connected.

I will post some more excerpts over the next week. I also have found a couple of choice QOTD.

I did find an error in the book on page 23. I‘m going to go the book‘s wiki and note it. This should be fun.

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