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Throwing Sheep in the Boardroom

How Online Social Networking Will Transform Your Life, Work and World

Matthew Fraser, Soumitra Dutta

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Sozialwissenschaften, Recht, Wirtschaft / Management


"If you want to understand why Wikipedia is changing the world,this book is a must read." -Jimmy Wales, Founder, Wikipedia "This book is a must read for all - social activists,politicians or managers - who have an interest in understanding howour society is morphing." -Professor C.K. Prahalad, #1 Management Guru andauthor of Competing for the Future Synopsis The rise of social networks like Facebook, MySpace and Bebo ischanging the way we see ourselves, how we interact with each other,how we work and how we do business on a daily basis. ThrowingSheep in the Boardroom explores the powerful forces driving thesocial networking revolution, the impact of these profound changes,and the far reaching consequences of social networking. Detailing the way social networks affects both individuals andsocieties as a whole, the book offers a detailed focus on the wayssocial networking affects the world of business and work. Thegeneration entering the workforce today - and entering boardroomseverywhere - is fully engaged with social networking and itsuses. Rather than feeling threatened and paranoid, today's businessleaders need to understand this phenomenon, accept that it won't goaway, and embrace its power in the world of business. Excerpts from Throwing Sheep in theBoardroom: "Your next CEO's most impressive job credential might bestatus as an online gladiator, honing valuable leadership skillsmercilessly slaying mortal enemies on World of Warcraft. Why not,the skills necessary to hack your way to the top levels of virtualgames - especially a killer instinct - are excellentpre-requisites for managing complex organisations." "Many senior managers mistakenly believe Enterprise 2.0 is aproduct, like the latest Microsoft office suite. They don'trealise that Enterprise 2.0 is not a cost centre, but a"state of mind" - a revolutionary new way ofmanaging companies and conducting business. Web 2.0 tools have no regard for "organisationalboundaries, hierarchies, or job titles". Try telling a seniorexecutive that, henceforth, there will be no job titles, reportinglines, and organisational boundaries in the company - andwatch the reaction closely." "When someone calls a meeting, he or she is asserting authorityover those who are invited to attend. Meetings are exclusive andclosed. In most corporations, who gets invited to a meeting -and who does not - sends a signal about who's 'inthe loop'. Meetings are a form of social grooming insideorganisations. Meetings impose vertical authority. They establishstatus hierarchies. The Enterprise 2.0 model is feared incorporations because it threatens status hierarchies." "Harnessing the dynamism of horizontal networks, Web 2.0 socialmedia are bypassing institutional forms of social organisation anddirectly empowering people. This book has attempted to tell thatstory with illustrations, which, we hope, have offered intriguingand instructive insights into the powerful transformations wedescribed. What has interested us most, indeed, is thetransformative impact - or "e-ruptions" -of Web 2.0 social media on the three dynamics that gave this bookits structure: identity, status and power."


(The Daily Telegraph, November 11th 2008)
"...looks at the power and impact social networking sites are having in our personal and professional lives."
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