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Chapter 4. …to the Information Age > The information-age organization is charac...

The information-age organization is characterized by:

Fewer layers of management (flatter)

A more flexible, adaptive and change-oriented environment

Mentoring as a workforce development tool, a career-planning instrument, and a personal-enhancement asset

More decision making by those closest to the customer

The need to solicit and support ideas from the bottom up and across all organizational sectors

Mechanisms to speed the flow of skills, knowledge and ideas from the point of origin to where they are needed

Appreciation and use of diverse skills and viewpoints

A need for mentors with different areas of expertise and the ability to meet different mentee needs

A more democratic approach to developing people throughout the organization

Exercise

Can you identify one or more organizations noted for the above characteristics?


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