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Lead the Work: Navigating a World Beyond Employment by David Creelman, Ravin Jesuthasan, John W. Boudreau

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Chapter 4The Talent Platforms

The largest employer in the world is Walmart with 2.2 million employees.1 There are only three companies with more than 700,000 employees (Sinopec and Hon Hai Precision Industry round out the list)…if you only count regular full-time employees. Appirio (the parent company of Topcoder), is a company with 700 employees worldwide, yet it boasts more than 700,000 “community members” working on more than 1,500 projects, through “cloud solutions.” It was lauded in 2014 as a best place to work by ITPRO in the United Kingdom, based on a survey of its 700 employees.2 Yet, does “working” at Appirio mean being one of its 700 regular full-time employees, or does it mean participating in Topcoder's cloud-based design projects? ...

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