Title: Management, technology, and what's next

Authors: Robert P. Jones

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Abstract: This paper is searching for the identity for what the future high performance organisation (in the high-technology sector) will ||look like||. The management history literature was examined to identify a comparative framework for historical management thought. Social, economic and philosophical issues were considered. The relationship between this comparative framework and economic long wave theory were used to consider what ||paradigm of automation|| will provide the economic engine during the next (fifth) economic long wave expansion. The high-technology business environment was examined for unique characteristics, revealing uncertainty. Current emerging technologies were reviewed for consideration as candidate ||paradigms of automation||. The implications for future high performance organisations in the technology sector were that flexibility, adaptive, responsive, action-oriented, and high-skill mix are traits that would be required.

Keywords: management theory; organisation theory; future organisations; high-technology firms; management history.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.1998.002659

International Journal of Technology Management, 1998 Vol.16 No.1/2/3, pp.37-44

Published online: 04 Jul 2003 *

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