The Spider's Strategy: Creating Networks to Avert Crisis, Create Change, and Really Get Ahead

By Amit Mukherjee
"Selected by Soundview as "One of the 30 Best Business Books of 2009"" "Mukherjee beautifully weaves the ever-morphing web of technology, business, and organizational learning together and explains why both top executives and middle managers must care about their impact.""Sudipta Bhattacharya"President, Invensys Wonderware "The business world is moving toward non-hierarchical networks.... The answer to these changes is a combination of network management and collaborative leadership. Mukherjee...goes beyond description of best practices. The four Design Principles that he has developed to implement networks are conceptually well thought through and actionable. This book deserves to be read by anybody who is interested in tomorrow's organization.""Arnoud De Meyer"Director, Judge Business School, Cambridge University "An 'adaptive organization' must count as the response in the increasingly connected world in which business will operate in the decades ahead.... [Mukherjee] makes a terrific case of how to achieve the desired response. A great read for the 'concerned' before they reach the stage of being 'tormented.'""R. Gopalakrishnan"Executive Director, TATA Sons Limited "Beyond the obvious, this is a great and pragmatic book, demonstrating the incredible power of collaboration in action.""Jean-Francois Baril"Senior Vice President, Nokia Corporation "Though many have sought to unlock the secrets of creating learning organizations, few have succeeded. In "The Spider's Strategy," Mukherjee provides the keys to the learning kingdom.... And he shows what it really takes to leverage the power of networks. It is that rare business book that deserves to be read from cover-to-cover.""Michael Watkins"Author of "The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at All Levels" "Mukherjee has written a very thoughtful and thought provoking book.... The adaptive network perspective with its four Design Principles and the accompanying five Capabilities inspired by a Chief Network Officer will be the organizations of the present and future.... The book presents good theory, research grounded in facts, and a clear picture of what is both necessary and possible, going forward.""Alexander B. Horniman"Killgallon Ohio Art Professor of Business Administration, Darden School of Business Administration, University of Virginia To thrive in a world where networks of companies increasingly compete with other networks, managers can no longer focus solely on excellence in planning and execution. In "The Spider's Strategy," top business consultant Amit S. Mukherjee provides the tools you need to sense and respond to unexpected events. He shows why and how managers in your company must apply four powerful "Design Principles" today:
  • Change everyday work practices by embedding "sense and response" within your normal plan-and-execute processes.
  • Promote collaboration across partner companies by establishing practical mechanisms that make "win-win" a basis for action not an empty slogan.
  • Ensure that work really teaches by assuring the culture, processes, and organizational structure to improve your company's ability to learn.
  • Implement those key technological capabilities that allow the network to function seamlessly.
The heart of this book includes proven implementation advice based on conversations with successful innovators at HP, Nokia, and beyond. Mukherjee offers new insight into everything from work practices to culture and corporate organization and shows how to overcome even the most stubborn obstacles to effective collaboration amongst partners. Acknowledgments xiiiAbout the Author x Part I: Why Change? Chapter 1: The Fire That Changed an Industry 3Chapter 2: Shadows of the Past 17Chapter 3: Visions from the Present 45Part II: Design Principles for Adaptive CapabilitiesChapter 4: Transform Everyday Work 69Chapter 5: Succeed in a Dog-Eat-Dog World 97Chapter 6: Ensure That Work Teaches 131Chapter 7: Make Technology Matter 163Part III: Going AdaptiveChapter 8: Create the Organization 197Chapter 9: Introduce Change Holographically 209Epilogue: Two Views of a Company 225 Index 229

Dr. Amit Mukherjee founded Ishan Advisors in May 2004. He has thrived on leading and fostering cross-disciplinary collaboration and innovation in different settings over the last 20 years. He has worked in consulting, industry, and academia, having been a leading strategic advisor at Forrester Research, Chief Technology + Strategy Officer of TurboChef Technologies, Arthur D. Little, and as a Visiting Assistant Professor at INSEAD.


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Posted January 11, 2010, 8:01 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
In our second to last installment of articles from past editions of In the Books, we have a short essay from mister Jon Mueller. In it, Jon shares some of his insights on an oft-discussed topic around these parts—the future of the book and distribution of ideas. ◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊ The Shifting Landscape of Moving Ideas: The Art of Publishing in a Socially Empowered World BY JON MUELLER The book remains the definitive source for deep exploration of knowledge on a topic. Read more


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Publisher FT Press
Publish date 12/08/2015
Pages 237
ISBN-13 9780137126651
Language English