Reflections on Drucker's Coming of the New Organization

By:
Dr. James W. Gabberty
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Back in 1988, Peter Drucker waxed prophetic on the coming changes he envisioned that would usher in the modern corporation, causing major disruptions in how firms organize themselves and how they function as a result of the proliferation of computing technology.

Backed by powerful new programs called spreadsheets and advances in telecommunications, he posited that a firm's ability to make decisions on capital investment, organizational structure, and the sequencing of work would be dramatically altered by technological improvements in 'data processing' — a term that would be replaced by the more modern, encompassing phrase 'information systems', which would evolve to signify not only hardware, software, and telecommunications equipment (what we now call 'information technology'), but also the people, processes, regulations and legal implications surrounding the capture, processing and dissemination of data.

Since then, perhaps the most significant impact of information systems has been their cumulative effect on promoting free and unfettered exchange of information across boundaries (organizational, national, and global), which has inspired the transformation of all types of institutions. As the porosity of boundaries increases, information technologies are chiefly responsible for enabling individuals belonging to all types of social systems to express themselves, to shape future events, and to transcend borders. This paper takes a retrospective and prospective look at the key role that information systems play in serving as the conduit and repository for information and knowledge in the historical context of Drucker's visionary work.


Keywords: Knowledge Management, Knowledge Assets, Productivity, Multinational Corporation, Globalization, The Internet
Stream: Knowledge and Technology
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Reflections on Drucker's Coming of the New Organization


Dr. James W. Gabberty

Associate Professor, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, Pace University
USA

Prior to accepting an Associate Professorship at Pace University, Dr Gabberty's career spanned more than twenty years in industry as a practitioner of applied Information Systems at Fortune 50 firms, specializing in systems integration and corporate expansion in the financial services industry. Dr Gabberty is especially interested in international business and trade, information and communications technology and their aggregate impact on the competitive advantage of multinational corporations, e-commerce, ROI modeling, econometrics, transglobal data flows, and telecommunications. To maintain currency in the sectors noted above, Dr Gabberty frequently attends numerous executive and academic conferences at such leading institutions as the Harvard Business School, The Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, the Sloan School at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the George C. Marshall School of International Business at the University of Southern California. Dr Gabberty has authored numerous published articles on topics: Development of models that predict IMF debt default among nations; E-commerce and its impact in the financial services industry; International trade balance analyses; Comparative assessments of ICT usage by domestic and international firms.


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