Monday, November 23, 2009

Is information killing the boss-employee relationship?

That's what Carol Bartz, the new head of Yahoo, in The Economist's "The World in 2010".

Traditional management is over. The internet has killed command and control. Now that everyone can analyse and ridicule their chief executive's every move almost before they've made it, it has become impossible to order people about.

Although Lucy Kellaway in the FT doesn't agree

Command and control is not over and won't ever be. Bosses are still bosses. If mine tells me to do something, I'm inclined to get up off my bottom and do it. If Bartz's employees don't get off their bottoms when she tells them to, there is a problem - and it has nothing to do with the internet

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