Today's Workforce in the Global Marketplace

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They constantly generate new innovations; they use new networks to solve problems in an innovative manner, provided their interest is piqued. The network economy is going to be mainstream. As a leader, you must engage your Gen Y Digital Cowboys to expand your network of contacts to both retain and expand your company. Do you feel that you are out of touch as a corporate leader when dealing with younger generations of workers? Well, have no fear!

The Serendipity Machine

Mills Scofield

Sebastian, an organization hacker, is the author of The Serendipity Machine - the inspiring story of the highly innovative, international coworking network It is an attitude of openness and sharing that anyone operating within a social network needs to have anyway.

What Uber’s China Deal Says About the Limits of Platforms

Harvard Business Review

Are there really global network economies? While network economies generally are regarded as critical to winning with platforms, they, like economies of scale, often seem to be overestimated by executives. Do switching costs help sustain network advantages?

The Art of HR: Building REAL Social Networks


Social networking has evolved in various formats, using technological advances to allow people to communicate with their network in unique ways. These networks have infiltrated our workforce and have created numerous fluid dynamics in our workforce. Avid social networkers can now create a portfolio of jobs, without relying on one single employer. To teach this, HR must first set an example for the rest of the organization by building its own internal social networks.

Profit Is Less About Good Management than You Think

Harvard Business Review

Revenue moats are usually linked to intangible assets (including brands and patents), high switching costs, and network economies. STEVEN MOORE FOR HBR.

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You Need a Community, Not a Network

Harvard Business Review

To get serious results from a network, you need commitment and a continuity of relationships among the participants. To borrow language from the philosopher Avishai Margalit , the web is a “ thin we ” type of network. They have little in common with other members, and they’re reluctant to do much for the network. When networks develop into communities, the results can be powerful. What can leaders do to turn a network into a community?