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Building the Enterprise of the Future
It all began on 23 February 2006 when a group of leading knowledge management researchers and industry executives gathered in Washington DC to discuss the rapid changes and increasing complexity of the global marketplace.  We looked for ways organizations of all types could transform themselves to keep pace with, and even lead, those changes. The result was a conceptual framework for the enterprise of the future.  Over the next several years, various parts of this framework were tested and validated in over a hundred organizations in the field and over two dozen doctoral dissertations.1,2 The purpose of this site is to help you, whether you are a leader or practitioner, apply those research results, and participate in a continuing exchange of observations, analyses, conclusions and recommendations. One of our initial outcomes was a statement of purpose, which still holds true today.  It has become our manifesto... The Enterprise of the Future Manifesto 1. The world has become extremely complex and fast-changing 2. This presents both challenges and opportunities 3. Ignorance is the root cause of poverty and suffering 4. Knowledge dispels ignorance 5. By enabling knowledge to flow freely, people can make better choices and lead more enriched and fulfilled lives 6. We need to bring this knowledge to bear if we are to overcome the challenges and seize the opportunities of the 21st century 7. We are rapidly becoming a global knowledge economy of eight billion minds 8. The social knowledge entrepreneur is a key player in the global knowledge economy. 9. Traditional business and organizational models impede the flow of knowledge and will not work 10. The enterprise of the future must be able to innovate and learn at a rate equal to or greater than the speed of change in the market 11. To achieve and sustain this level of performance, organizations must transform themselves from a knowledge-hoarding culture to one that freely discovers and shares knowledge 12. This means changing the way we live, work and learn 13. Those who refuse to change will be rendered irrelevant. Original contributors: Alex Bennet David Bennet Francesco Calabrese Kent Greenes William Halal Hugh McKellar Mark Minevich Art Murray Joseph Okpaku, Sr. Michael Stankosky Richard Van West-Charles our current Brain Trust...
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1Stankosky, Michael, ed., Creating the Discipline of Knowledge Management, Elsevier, 2005 2Green, Annie; Stankosky, Michael; Vandergriff, Linda, eds., In Search of Knowledge Management: Pursuing Primary Principles, Emerald, 2010