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Reinventing Management to Transform the World of Work: The Management 2.0 Hackathon

November 15, 2011, Bobby Yazdani -

Organizations need to evolve their management practices faster than their competition if they want to successfully transition to a “networked economy.” But most do not have a disciplined approach to embark on this evolution because they don’t have access to knowledge and insight from those who understand what it takes to build an organization for the new world of work.

We want to help change that. Today, at the Enterprise 2.0 Conference, we unveiled details of The Management 2.0 Hackathon, a bold new Social business initiative intended to generate fresh and practical answers to today’s management challenges. This exciting, collaborative project, powered by the Saba People Cloud, with Enterprise 2.0 Conference and Management Innovation eXchange (MIX) was announced during the keynote panel, “Inventing Management 2.0: Lessons from the Fringe,” featuring Polly LaBarre, co-founder and editorial director of the MIX. The Management 2.0 Hackathon is an online, large-scale problem-solving event that will harness the collective intelligence of progressive minds in management from around the world.

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The new world of work, which heavily emphasizes and depends on Social and Mobile technologies as well as the Cloud, demands a new, fresh approach to empowerment and management. Social business technologies are changing the way organizations do business by helping them accelerate change. But people processes are ultimately what will create a new transformative workplace because people—not information—are now at the center of the workplace. This is without a doubt the single most disruptive change brought about by Social global business. We understand this change, and our Technology is designed specifically to support knowledge sharing and highly connected communities, which is why we are helping to spearhead this important initiative.

As we all know, businesses move much faster in a networked economy; what used to take years in the past, now takes hours or minutes. In order to seize new market opportunities, organizations need to quickly find the right people, assemble them into teams to seize new opportunities as quickly as they need to.

Social business allows organizations to unleash the collective wisdom of “People Networks,” which we define as everyone in the entire enterprise value chain—customers, partners, suppliers and employees. By removing every barrier to connection, people and processes are organized more effectively—in whatever language and for whatever purpose necessary. This enables everyone in the extended enterprise to take advantage of real-time insights and collaboration that effectively drives innovation, increases productivity to better compete and bring new products to market with speed and agility.

The Management 2.0 Hackathon will open the door to new thought leaders who can collectively help to shape management practices for the 21st century and organize people and processes more effectively. Anyone who wants to reinvent management and learn the skills to become an inspired management innovator that enables transformative organizations, will want to be part of this Hackathon. And as David Carr of InformationWeek’s The Brainyard pointed out when talking about the theories of management, “by joining with the members of the MIX community, Enterprise 2.0 conference goers will have a chance to turn the next step into a giant leap.”

We can’t revolutionize management alone, we want to bring together the brightest minds in the industry to innovate, create and share passions so together we can design a new roadmap to Social business success.

For more on the Management 2.0 Hackathon, see Gary Hamel's blog post.