A technologist looks back, looks ahead | Perspectives | CNET News.com:

Ray Ozzie has 20 years in, looking twenty years out...

"In a 2001 article he wrote for The Economist called 'The next society,' Peter Drucker projects the future of the corporation to be an extreme confederation of businesses--from the large to small to very small. These loosely knit confederations are held together by a common strategy--local economics--and a web of fine-grain alliances.

In October, The Wall Street Journal observed that the current economic expansion is markedly different from those in the past. New jobs are being created, but they're in different organizational forms than the ones we're measuring. The newspaper suggested that the U.S. economy is undergoing a structural change as more people, by choice or necessity, 'become self-employed or form partnerships, rather than working for large corporations.' "


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