How Technology Is Changing The Way Organizations LearnTechnology changes business organization.
Mines technology's historical impact on the way organizations are run and managed, noting that people used to be valued for their knowledge of a trade for labor.
Notes that by the end of the 1900's, a knowledge economy began taking over the labor economy. The value of workers shifted from physical power to mental prowess, with successful organizations focusing on learning.
As we move on in the 21st Century, a new industrial revolution has begun, where machines are invading the territory of cognition. As with the industrial revolution of the late 19th Century the role of humans and machines are shifting rapidly, and companies must innovate quickly to redefine the the hierarchical nature of the organizations.
In what is called the algorithmic age, rather than the industrial age, managers becoming teachers and workers becoming students, social agents, and networkers. Organizations will have to change the way that they learn, the managers’ primary task becoming organization of curricula: information and knowledge.
The organizations of the past have been driven purely by human expertise and knowledge. However, as computers become more advanced, they are to the point where they are learning from mistakes, evolving, and getting better at tasks. The computer advances will increase exponentially, and computers are now already able to comprehend knowledge and generate ideas that workers cannot.
The new age of industry is algorithmic and will bring new efficiency and societal changes, and some shifts are becoming apparent:
In the past industrial age, the role of management was to govern work. In the new algorithmic age, the responsibilities of people will be to focus ambition, intent, goals, and motivate others.
The new managers, rather than organizing skill building, will perceive patterns and take new action, design the curricula for the organization, and manage the overall direction computers will take. People will always determine what purpose computer actions serve and play an active role in governing the system.
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Source is Forbes.com
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