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11 Rules for Creating Value in the Social Era by Nilofer Merchant

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Chapter 4: Organize

Stanford professor Sebastian Thrun quit his job. But he doesn’t plan to go to another prestigious university. Nope. He, like others, has discovered the power of teaching online; in his case, he reached 160,000 students in a single online course. The implications for global education are huge, of course. And that would be interesting on its own.

But there is more to this story than online learning or mass dissemination. This is a central tenet to creating value in the Social Era: what once required a business card, key-card pass, and a title within a centralized organization no longer does. This has implications for organizational design and talent management in firms of all sizes. The freelance revolution, the rise of flextime, ...

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