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Virtual work and leadership: the role of the Internet, complexity, creativity, and knowledge workers

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Title: Virtual work and leadership: the role of the Internet, complexity, creativity, and knowledge workers
Author: van Reenen, Johann
Subject: Virtual work
International cooperation
Complex adaptive systems
Complexity
Natural systems
Internet
Knowledge management
Creativity
Work
Culture
Information age
Global economy
Abstract: This chapter presents the case for strong leadership to develop an internationally distributed virtual workforce. It is a speculative approach to how work and workers may behave in a future where most of their work and interactions will be virtual and disconnected from their physical location. The lessons that can be learned from the natural world are explored especially from complexity theories. Examples are provided of natural systems in action and the insights others have drawn from these theories and how this may inform decision-making, risk-taking and the management of virtual workers. The impact of the Internet on knowledge creation and discovery is explored. These theories and trends have important implications for leaders and managers and for stimulating creativity and innovation. One can speculate that in future digital workers will live in two realities; the @-Home-culture and the @-Large-culture. Knowledge workers of the future will be able to create a healthy balance between these two realities by working digitally in a global system and benefiting financially, but also living and participating fully in their local or national culture. Ultimately this may lead to more tolerance and opportunities to distribute work and wealth in ways that equalize rather than divide people.
Date: 2002
Citation: van Reenen, Johann. "Virtual work and leadership: the role of the Internet, complexity, creativity, and knowledge workers." Invited chapter in: Ricardo Baeza-Yates, ed. THE ROLE OF HUMANITY IN THE INFORMATION AGE: An Ibero-American Perspective, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile. [Online at: http://www.dcc.uchile.cl/~rbaeza/libro/ Chapter completed and accepted by Editor, 1/30/2002.]
Description: Invited chapter in: Ricardo Baeza-Yates, ed. THE ROLE OF HUMANITY IN THE INFORMATION AGE: An Ibero-American Perspective, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile. [Online at: http://www.dcc.uchile.cl/~rbaeza/libro/ Chapter completed and accepted by Editor, 1/30/2002.]
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/168


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